Coroner says miners death avoidable
An inquest into the deaths of seven miners who died in the coalmine near St Peter’s in Croydon County has recommended an immediate ban on coal production and a major overhaul of health safety standards in the industry.
Inspector Jon Smith described the inquiry as a “truly tragic” tragedy, telling MPs there was no evidence of any “unscrupulous or willful behaviour” to blame.
An inquest jury was unable to reach a definitive conclusion over whether the deaths were accident, suicide or accidental, with Mr Smith saying any suggestion of either “possible” was “not supported by any other available evidence”.
Mr Smith said the government would not accept an inquest which concluded that “no-one was to blame for their deaths”, and that any other investigations must be done “by an independent and scientific commission”.
He said the i보성출장샵nquiry had been given more than 300 witnesses, as well as expert doctors and coroner’s specialists, and that it had already received more than 2,000 written submissions, including some from the miners’ families and from miners themselves.
A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) told BBC News that miners should be given a “positive hearing”.
He added that the government’s proposed new rules on the safety of coal-fired power plants were “well-founded” and would “실시간 카지노help drive a safer, more effective coal industry”.
Analysis: Jim Muir, BBC News Health Correspondent
The inquest was delivered after an emergency public hearing, but still the inquiry team was deeply pessimistic about the evidence, both from the survivors’ and the miners’ families.
But the jury could have ruled that the three miners killed had died of “natural causes”, meaning that the coal and electricity companies knew they were more at risk from the fumes they created.
The evidence was overwhelming and the verdict was that therCDC 철도청 카지노e was a huge chance that the miners – all from the same community – were at some stage exposed to toxic coal fumes.
The miners’ families and the miners themselves are now deeply disturbed and angry that the public inquiry has come to a premature conclusion.
“The government needs to review its approach to safety and standards in this industry, or it is doing nothing to tackle coal shortages which are in its sights,” said Mr Smith.
Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, said this had been a “truly tragic and heart-wrenching day”