Today’s tragedy latest in line of events at troubled mine

The scene today at Boulby Mine near Whitby after a serious incident occurred this morning. 17 June 2016. w162550t Picture: Ceri Oakes

The scene today at Boulby Mine near Whitby after a serious incident occurred this morning. 17 June 2016. w162550t Picture: Ceri Oakes

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Today’s tragic incident at Boulby Mine is the latest in a catalogue of health and safety incidents over the last few years.

Just two months ago health and saefty experts were drafted in after seven workers were hospitalised following a fire underground.

HM Inspectorate of Mines will spend today and the coming weeks investigating the circumstances surrounding the gas explosion, which has left one worker dead, and will surely raise more questions about the safety measures and processes in place at the mine.

On April 15 this year seven men were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire was started in supposedly fire retardent polystyrene blocks used to direct air around the mine.

In 2014 the HM Inspectorate of Mines were called in when there was an underground collapse but no-one was injured.

In January 2012, a worker was airlifted to hospital after suffering chest injuries in an underground incident and eight months later, a mine worker was hurt when he was hit by falling debris.

The troubled mine also hit the headlines when parent company, ICL UK, announced it would be axing 350 jobs to cut costs to deal with the mine’s reduction in the level of economically-feasible potash reserves.