Worker sacked for not following safety rules

A worker at Newmont's Waihi gold mine in New Zealand has been sacked after a review found they failed to follow safety procedures during an underground fire.

The Bay of Plenty Times reports the investigation centred on an fire that trapped 28 workers underground earlier this year.

While mine production was temporarily halted following the incident, all workers escaped into refuge chambers and were later rescued.

According to The Bay of Plenty Times the review found the fire started in a hydraulic tank under the driver's cabin, and was not put out because the fire suppression system on the Komatsu 300 dump truck did not cover that region.

The report recommended a review of the truck's fire system, and said new guards should be installed on Waihi's equipment to prevent similar fires.

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