Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Doubts over NZ Operators; Relative of Miner Lashes Out

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Doubts over NZ Operators; Relative of Miner Lashes Out

Article excerpt

THE family of Queenslander Willy Joynson has lashed out at the operators of the New Zealand mine where he's presumed to have perished alongside 28 other miners.

Mr Joynson's cousin Russell Joynson says operators will face some tough questions about why dangerous levels of gas were not detected before last Friday's initial blast.

"This should never have happened. There are some pretty serious questions that will be asked of their monitoring system," Mr Joynson, who has worked in mines for 25 years, told AAP yesterday.

"With the equipment available today this could have been prevented."

He said that if gas levels at the Pike River Coal Mine near Greymouth had been constantly monitored the disaster might never have happened.

Willy Joynson, 49, from Maryborough, and Josh Ufer, 25, from Townsville, are among those presumed lost after a second blast tore through the mine on Wednesday.

The miners had been missing since an initial explosion on Friday. …

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