The Gretley Mining Disaster of 1996

Death toll: 4  

Cause: flooding

In 1996, four miners were killed as they dug to an older flooded mine, which brought a wall of water crashing down on them. They knew an older mine was there, but had been given inaccurate maps of the mine. This disaster resulted in a reworking of modern mining occupational health and safety rules. 

Gretley Colliery, September 1975. Courtesy of Brian R Andrews. 

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