Miner injured underground at Aberpergwm colliery

Aberpergwm colliery near Glynneath Two ambulances and an air ambulance were sent to Aberpergwm colliery

A miner has been flown to hospital after being injured underground at a colliery in the Neath Valley.

The man was hurt around 09:30 GMT when setting a roof support at Aberpergwm, near Glynneath, on Friday.

After being brought to the surface he was taken by air ambulance to Swansea's Morriston Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

The company that owns the mine, Walter Energy, said it had launched an investigation into the incident.

It said no other employees were injured.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said an inspector would be visiting the site.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said the the injured man's injuries were not life-threatening.

It is the second incident at the mine this month. On 3 November, two men were taken to hospital and another treated for shock after a collapse at the site.

Aberpergwm is believed to employ about 230 people and to have coal reserves of around 6.8m tonnes.

The incident happened as Prince Charles was meeting rescuers involved in attempts to save four miners who died when a drift shaft at Gleision Colliery in the nearby Swansea Valley flooded in September.

BBC South West Wales



14 °C 7 °C


  • chocolate cake and strawberriesTrick your tongue

    Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George leaving New Zealand'Great ambassadors'

    How New Zealand reacted to William, Kate - and George

  • Major Power Failure ident on BBC2Going live

    Why BBC Two's launch was not all right on the night

  • Front display of radio Strange echoes

    What are the mysterious sequences of numbers read out on shortwave radio?

  • A letter from a Somali refugee to a Syrian child'Be a star'

    Children's uplifting letters of hope to homeless Syrians

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.