Mining machinery firm admits guilt after pit man’s death

Kellingley Colliery
Kellingley Colliery

A MINING equipment company has pleaded guilty to a health and safety offence in relation to the death of a Hemsworth miner.

Ian Cameron, 46, was killed at Kellingley Colliery, in North Yorkshire in 2009.

Joy Mining Machinery, based in Worcester, admitted to failing to ensure that companies, including UK Coal, were provided with all necessary information about health and safety risks in relation to using powered roof supports at Kellingley Colliery.

Joy Mining had been set to go to trial after pleading not guilty at a hearing earlier this year but admitted the offence at Leeds Crown Court last Wednesday.

UK Coal has already admitted to charges of failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of workers and contractors at Kellingley Colliery following the death of Mr Cameron in 2009.

The married father-of-two, 46, of Holly Street, had been carry-ing out maintenance work on a coalface at the colliery when a 20-tonne hydraulic roof prop lowered, trapping him between its canopy and mounds of rubble on the floor below.

He was freed by colleagues and airlifted to hospital but died from his injuries.

He is one of three workers to die at Kellingley Colliery in the last three years.

Don Cook died in a rock fall in September 2008 and, last September, Gerry Gibson, 49, died in another underground incident.

Kellingley, on the border of North and West Yorkshire, is the largest remaining deep mine in Yorkshire.

Last year, UK Coal was ordered to pay £1.2m in fines and costs after it admitted health and safety breaches in relation to the deaths of four miners in incidents at pits in Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire.

Joy Mining Machinary and UK Coal will both be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on July 18.