Gary Wilson 1996

05/11/1996 - Laleham No1 Colliery - Crush Injury / Vehicle

Shortly after 3-30 pm on the 5th November 1996 Mr Gary John Wilson was fatally injured when he was crushed between the right hand rib side of 0 heading, 9 to 10 cut-through, A500 panel, Laleham No. 1 Colliery and the Joy 12CM12 continuous miner, unit no. 47.

At the time of the accident Mr Wilson was working alone at the face, performing pre-start checks on the continuous miner.

The actual accident was not witnessed by any person.

This accident claimed the life of Gary John Wilson


Trainers and testers should not alter or omit training or testing material. This should be addressed through the established formal channels.

Training schemes should include a formal audit process for all facets of the scheme.

Operators have a responsibility to initiate action to rectify hazards in their workplace.

Competency based training should include some minimum time based component that is clearly indicated in training records.

Manufacturers should be pro-active in embracing the principles of the Workplace Health and Safety Act in the design and modification of machines and equipment.

Training programmes should be reviewed with increased emphasis on confined space awareness and the associated hazards.