Fears for long term economic impact of mine collapse have intensified as officials prepare for disaster drills
The company has taken steps to bolster its safety record since its explosion that devastated Westmorland and its 300-acre (70,000 square kilometer) nearby quarry last month, the company announced yesterday.
However, the disaster has increased fears for the long term economic impact of the mine collapse.
White said: “We have already taken all of the steps that we take when we discover a mine accident, and we have taken those steps to try and protect the community as best we can and minimise any further costs.
“We have already been working with our community to ensure there is a fully operational mine safety programme. We will continue to be vigilant and we will take all of the measures that we have always taken.”
The Westmorland mines were the first mines in Britain to collapse since the Victorian era when, as well as producing glass, iron and copper, Westmorland also produced heavy industry and coal.
There have been five recorded fatalities in the Westmorland mine accident in the last four years.
Last month two men, aged 24 and 21, died after they were involved in a collision with a mine-damaged crane at the site.
All 11 workers were taken to hospital, where all have since been released.
But as officials prepare for drills by the country’s largest mining company to ensure their safety, White is calling for additional drills on the site.