Central Coast miner farewelled today

The funeral for a man killed when part of a New South Wales central coast mine wall collapsed will be held today.

The miners union told the ABC 52-year-old Peter Jones will be remembered as a valued and skilled worker at the Chain Valley Colliery where he was killed.

He had worked in the industry for decades before the tragedy on Friday and his son says it was a job he loved but also hated at times.

CFMEU Mining Division General Vice President Ian Murray’s son was killed in the 1996 Gretley Mine disaster and says his family is still mourning their loss.

"It doesn’t get any easier and our thoughts are with Peter’s immediate family right now," he stold the ABC.

"Peter was a check inspector of ours and Peter worked in the local industry for many years and Peter was held in very high esteem with all of his colleagues.

"It is another dark day for the industry, any fatality, any injury to a mineworker is a dark day for the industry.

"We’ve got to continue to strive to eliminate fatalities if possible."

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