New Zealand safety expert dies

Mine safety specialist Dave Feickert has died after a long battle with terminal cancer.

Hailing from the Whanganui region in New Zealand, Feickert is best known for helping to improving coal mining safety standards in China.

In 2009, Fieckert won the China Friendship Prize for Foreign Experts, for helping to lower the accident rate in Chinese coal mines.

His efforts resulted in a 70 per cent decrease in the number of accidents in Chinese coal mines over a five year period.

Fiechert passed away in the Hospice Wanganui on June 2, after a decade long battle with liver cancer.

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