Change of ambulance operations at Tara Mines is concerning - Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín has stated that the change in ambulance operations at Tara Mines is of significant concern. Teachta Tóibín said Tara Mines is by far the biggest employer in the Navan area and is a good place to work.
He said, while there have been Industrial Relations difficulties in the Mine over the years it is a productive site with a good future.
Teachta Tóibín said;
“Tara Mines works hard to fulfill its health and safety responsibilities but by any measure a Mine is a dangerous place to work. When accidents happen they are serious and due to depths, access to emergency services is difficult.
“Indeed there have been fatalities at the mine previously and health and safety regulations have been breached. On one occasion 77 miners were trapped underground 1000 feet below ground for over 6 hours. Thankfully on that occasion tragedy was averted and the miners were successfully evacuated.
“Miners have a right to the highest standard health and safety and emergency and rescue cover. They have a right to be concerned when unilateral changes are made to their ambulance services.
“They have a right to be consulted with regards changes that will make material differences in their lives.
“This has not happened in this situation. The workers are attending work as normal but are sitting in on the surface instead of proceeding underground.
“I am appealing to the management to reverse this change and sit down with workers to achieve agreed ambulance cover immediately.”