Dead miner named

A MINER who died at a South Yorkshire colliery has been named by his employers. Jackie Fisher, aged 52, was pronounced dead following an incident at Maltby Colliery on Tickhill Road, Rotherham, yesterday afternoon. Today his bosses said Mr Fisher, who was married, had been an employee at the colliery since 1985 and had worked in the mining industry for 27 years.

Maltby Mine

A spokesman for Hargreaves Services which owns the mine, said: “Our condolences go out to not only his family but also his friends. He had been a long term employee at the pit and he’s going to be a big loss to his colleagues.”

It has also emerged that another worker was injured in the incident at 5pm on Monday.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said a second casualty was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital but the extent of his injuries were not known.

The emergency services and mines rescue were called to Maltby Colliery at 5pm yesterday afternoon.

Mr Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not yet revealed the circumstances of his death.

A force spokesman said: “An investigation is underway into the death of a colliery worker at Maltby.

“The emergency services were called to Maltby Colliery shortly after 5pm on Monday.

“The man is believed to be in his 50s and from the Doncaster area. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem is yet to be arranged.

“Colliery management are working alongside South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive who are conducting a joint investigation.”

A fire service spokesman said crews from Maltby, Edlington and a technical rescue unit attended the scene and worked with the ambulance service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.

He said: “We worked alongside the ambulance service to get down to the bottom of the shaft.”

A Health and Safety Executive spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the incident.”

She added an inspector was due to visit the site to assess the incident.

NUM Union Learn project worker and former Selby union secretary Maurice Kent said there had now been three fatalities in collieries since September 2008, and he had been trying to get managers at Maltby to take part in union-backed health and safety courses.

He said: “I’m totally shocked to hear this news, and my heart goes out to any family of the man who has died.

“In this day and age this sort of thing should not be happening.”


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