Defective breathing apparatus identified at South Coast coal mine

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A number of defective breathing apparatus have been identified at a South Coast coal mine, according to the NSW Resources Regulator

The Resources Regulator said it has contacted the equipment supplier as well as those mines using the equipment to determine what actions they are taking to ensure the safety of workers.

According to the Regulator, this matter is being taken very seriously and the Regulator will exercise its powers as required if it is determined the safety of workers is being compromised.

“This equipment is kept underground at several mines for use by workers in the event of an emergency to facilitate escape,” the Resource Regulator said.

”The defect causes the apparatus to leak air when being worn.

“Those mines impacted are currently undertaking testing of units, and have implemented various contingency plans including temporarily removing workers from underground and sourcing alternative equipment to maintain appropriate emergency escape capability.”

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