Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, February 18th, 2019 - 74 comments
Categories: business, capitalism, disaster, employment, health and safety, Mining, workers' rights - Tags: pike river, pike river mine, Remembering the Pike River miners
Call the cops. Someone may have hindered the investigation of the cause of the Pike River fatality by hiding evidence,
And it was potentially vital evidence that showed that the explosion occurred in an electrical cabinet that was tragically totally unsafe for the conditions.
From Radio New Zealand:
Some families of Pike River mine victims suspect a piece of vital evidence may have been spirited away by the mining company and lost.
Sonja Rockhouse, whose son Ben was among the 29 men killed in the blast, said a photograph of an electrical cabinet door that was blown 100m to the mine surface has just come to light, but no-one can say where the actual item has gone.
The door from a fan control box was photographed nine days after the first explosion in 2010.
“It’s a possible ignition source – it could be the thing that caused the explosion, so it’s a vital piece of information,” said Ms Rockhouse.
She said one of the “unsafe” fan control cabinets was blown to the surface and had disappeared onto a helicopter leased by the Pike River Mine company.
“It’s bloody outrageous and it shows exactly why we need to go back into Pike and why we need a proper investigation.”
Bernie Monk was understandably angry and said this:
Someone knew that incredibly important evidence had turned up and somebody knows what happened to it. Whoever that is needs to come forward right now, because we’re not stopping until we uncover the truth.”
And Anna Osborne highlighted the reasons why the reenntry into the mine is so important.
All I can say is it’s a good thing we fought so hard for re-entry and re-investigation, because with each day it’s clear there’s more that New Zealand needs to know”.
Police are investigating.
And John Campbell has just tweeted this. CLive would be Campbell Live, his old TV3 show.