Pike River Mine re-entry death statement already prepared

  • 05/08/2018
The Pike River mine explosion killed 29 people in 2010.
The Pike River mine explosion killed 29 people in 2010. Photo credit: Getty

A press release has already been drafted if the re-entry of the Pike River mine ends in a fatality.

The long-awaited re-entry attempt, if it happens, will come eight years the tragedy in 2010, in which 29 miners and contractors died.

Details of the plans were provided to NZME, and include emergency and crisis management plans, fire and explosion plans and helicopter risk management plans.

It also includes a statement in the case of a fatality.

"We immediately activated our Emergency Management Plan, which was built in consultation with specialist advisors and local emergency services. This ensured the most rapid response possible," it reads.

"In spite of the best efforts by our first responders and St John paramedics we lost one of our valued employees. All of us are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and co-worker.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his/her family and friends during this most difficult time."

The draft was released by Pike River Recovery Agency boss Dave Gawn to NZME via the Official Information Act.

"The agency believes every workplace should have at is core the processes to enable 'zero harm’ and our health and safety systems must be paramount in order to support this," he told NZME.