A coal mine in Hunter Valley that has been nominated for a safety award is in forced shutdown due to safety concerns.
According to the ABC, the underground mine west of Cessnock started standing down and where possible, redeploying over 200 workers.
The company is a finalist for safety excellence for the NSW Mining Health, Safety Environment and Community Awards
The shutdown was announced following two prohibition notices issued by the NSW Resources Regulator due to coal bursts.
The Resources Regulator will prohibit operations until it is confident that it is safe to resume work at the site.