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March 16, 2012

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UK Coal pleads guilty to safety breaches for mine death

The UK’s biggest coal mining firm has admitted health and safety offences following the death of a miner at a North Yorkshire colliery.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Ian Cameron, 46, died in October 2009 at the Kellingley Colliery when equipment fell on him while he was inside a pit. The site owner, UK Coal, pleaded guilty to breaching s2(1) and s3(1) of the HSWA 1974.

The Doncaster-based firm will be sentenced after the trial of Joy Mining Machinery Ltd, which has pleaded not guilty to safety charges for failing to provide information about safety risks relating to the use of powered roof supports at the mine. The trial is expected to take place later this year.

In December last year, UK Coal was fined £1.2million following the deaths of four miners in separate incidents at two collieries in Nottingham and the East Midlands. The judge decided to impose a smaller fine than planned owing to the large amount of costs that the HSE had claimed.

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