UK Coal fined £1.2 million for mine deaths

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UK Coal, the United Kingdom’s largest mining firm, has been fined £1.2 million following the deaths of four miners at its England collieries in 2006 and 2007.

Anthony Garrigan, 42, Paul Hunt, 45, and Trevor Steeples, 46, died in accidents at Daw Mill colliery in 2006 and 2007.

Paul Milner, 44, died after an accident at the now closed Welbeck Colliery in Nottinghamshire in 2007.

Milner was crushed under approximately 90 tonnes of rock after a roof collapse and Garrigan died after a support wall collapsed on him.

Hunt died after falling from a poorly maintained underground transporter and Steeples asphyxiated after being exposed to high levels of methane.

UK Coal admitted to breaching safety regulations and said it deeply regretted the loss of life on its sites.

The fines levelled at £112,500 and £187,500 for each fataility, and in his sentencing Justice MacDuff said he did not impose harsher penalties because of the financial strain it would put on the already loss-making company.

Earlier this year UK coal suffered more deaths on site following a roof collapse at its Kellingley Colliery.

UK Coal said it accepted the court’s decision and was currently working to review its safety measures.

It said safety was the number one priority on its mine sites.

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