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UK mine manager faces manslaughter charge

UK mine manager faces manslaughter charge
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2013-03-01
Jurisdiction:
International

The manager of a Welsh coal mine in which four men died faces four counts of gross negligence manslaughter and the mine company faces four counts of corporate manslaughter.

SHP reports a lawyer's view that the case against the mine manager - Malcolm Fyfield - could test the limits of the UK's corporate manslaughter law, as it is believed he was not a director of the company, MNS Mining Ltd.

The four men died at Gleision colliery in September 2011 after they were trapped in the mine when it flooded - an incident reminiscent of the fatality at the Tiller mine near Greymouth in 2006.

The UK regulator issued a safety alert following the incident to remind the mining industry about the risk of water inrush in underground mines, and a senior figure in the opposition Labour Party urged the British Government not to weaken mine safety regulation and the mine rescue service.

People Mentioned:
Malcolm Fyfield
Organisations Mentioned:
MNS Mining Ltd
Reference No:
130301CA-1884

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