In November 2010 an explosion at the Pike River Coal Mine on New Zealand’s west coast killed 29 men. The New Zealand Government commissioned a Royal Commission into the tragedy. The Royal Commission took almost 2 years and cost over $10 Million. The commission found many faults, but arguably none more important than a failure to learn.
New Zealand, Australia, the UK, the USA, South Africa and every other mining country has a tragic history of mining disasters. All followed by an official inquiry and sadly further disasters. We cannot afford to pay for our minerals with the lives of our most precious resource, our miners.
The Pike River DVD – A Failure to Learn aims to communicate the lessons from the Royal Commission to the Governments, companies, management and mine workers of today and tomorrow. The inquiry into the 1994 Moura 2 Mine Explosion commented “There seems a clear need to put measures in place to ensure that vital lessons are effectively revisited and that the past is not repeated. To not do so is to invite further disasters.” It is with this vision that we have developed the Pike River DVD, so that you can learn the lessons from Pike River and make your mine or workplace safe. To not do so is to invite further disasters.