Mining deaths case set for trial

Posted: 13th January 2014

Building Materials on QuayThe tragic deaths of four miners in South Wales in September 2011 led to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) bringing criminal charges against the owners of the mine under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

The CPS concluded that the failure to ensure a safe system of working for the miners at the Gleision Colliery in Neath Port Talbot was a gross breach of the duty of care owed by the company to its employees and that the manager of the mine should also be charged with gross negligence manslaughter. Malcolm Fyfield has been charged with four offences.

The trial is now scheduled to be heard in March 2014 with a time estimate of 8 weeks. Both defendants have pleaded not guilty.