Health and Safety investigation following tunnel flood at Boulby potash mine

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were informed about the incident which took place last week and are now investigating


A tunnel flood at the Boulby’s potash mine has led to a health and safety investigation.

The incident happened last Wednesday, December 21, during the early hours in the mine’s ‘tailings tunnel’.

ICL UK who run the company, have stated that no one was injured as a result of the flood.

According to a spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive Mines Inspectorate, the HSE have been told about the incident and are now investiagting.

The East Cleveland mine is run by ICL UK Cleveland Potash, who confirmed in a statement that the incident occurred in the early hours whilst routine maintenance work was in progress. An ingress of water was reported to have flooded into the tailings tunnel, which is responsible for carrying water into it and and sewage out of the mine.

Underground pumping from the mine is still in operation and monitoring is being carried out.

Mining work is in progress as normal and the Mines Inspectorate knows of the incident and will also carry out an investigation.

The mine has been the embroiled in a number of health and safety failings this year, one of which resulted in the death of a miner as a result of a gas blow-out.

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