The NUM send our sincere condolences to the families of the Coal Miners who lost their lives in the underground explosion on Friday evening and best wishes for a full recovery of those who were injured.

Coal mining is a dangerous occupation, working in a hazardous environment, it is never acceptable to accept that explosions are inevitable. Decent safety precautions can prevent the build up of methane to explosive levels and an investigation must be held to see what went wrong and hold those responsible to account.