Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pike Mine Scared off Engineer

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pike Mine Scared off Engineer

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Byline: Judith Hughey of AAP

A JAPANESE mine engineer has told a Royal Commission he left the Pike River Coal mine three months after he started because he thought it would explode.

On arrival at the West Coast mine in July last year Masaoki Nishioka told management that no one should be working underground until a robust ventilation system and second exit was in place.

Three months later he left.

C[pounds sterling]By this time I was too frightened to go back underground. I left the mine site because I felt the mine would explode at anytime,C[yen] Mr Nishioka told the inquiry into the 29 deaths at the mine on November 19 last year.

Systems were poor, there was no leadership, no strong management, equipment was not right for the job, there were constant breakdowns and leakages and the design was wrong, he said.

Called in as the expert on hydraulic mining, he found that high levels of methane gas resulted as soon as the high pressure water jet started on the coal face. …

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