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New Zealand Pike River mine disaster 'preventable'

A gas blast at the Pike River mine in New Zealand that killed 29 workers was preventable and multiple warnings were ignored, an investigation has found.

Safety systems at the mine were inadequate, and reports of excessive methane levels were "not heeded", the Royal Commission report said.

The mining disaster in 2010 was New Zealand's worst in almost a century.

Duncan Kennedy reports.

  • 05 Nov 2012
  • From the section Asia