13th August 2021 at 10am
Pike River - Kevin Pattinson COO Pike River Recovery
Pernod Ricard Function Centre (the former Restaurant and Cellar Door)
State Highway 1
(coming from Blenheim, on the right after Hardings Road)
We are excited to announce that Kevin ‘Dinghy’ Pattinson, Chief Operating Officer for the Pike River Recovery Agency, will be here on Friday August 13th to speak to us. This is an event not to be missed!
Dinghy has over four decades of underground mining experience in New Zealand, He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Pike River Recovery Agency in early 2018. In this role, Dinghy oversees the planning and operational elements of the Pike River re-entry work and has responsibility for ensuring activities at the mine comply with statutory health and safety requirements. His numerous mining qualifications include Site Senior Executive and First Class Mine Managers certificates in coal and metalliferous, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Coal Mine Strata Control from the University of New South Wales.
Pike River Mine - Re-entry Challenges and Risks
The Pike River Coal Mine explosion on the 19th November 2010 claimed the lives of 29 men. 31 were working underground at the time of the explosion, only 2 were able to escape. The subsequent explosions resulted in the mine being sealed.
Prior to the 2017 general election, the families of the lost miners and the New Zealand public were promised that a Labour-elected government would support and fund a re-entry if it was deemed technically viable and safe to do so. After the election, on 31 January 2018, the Labour Party established the Pike River Recovery Agency Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa (the Agency) as a stand-alone government department. The Agency works in close partnership with the Family Reference Group (FRG) and their technical experts who together play a central role in the planning, decision making and implementation of the safe manned re-entry of the Pike River Mine drift.
Date: Friday August 13th
Start time: 10am (1hr expected timeframe)
Cost: FREE!! (Limited to 100 attendees. Arrive early to secure your spot)
Who are we?
Marlborough Health and Safety Forum is a collection of people who are involved in Health & Safety and want to help each other. Some of us are passionate safety professionals, others are people who've inherited safety along with another role. We meet at 10am on the second Friday of each month & also have an e-mail network. Our focus is to keep Marlborough employees safe & healthy by networking and sharing solutions.
The forum includes representatives from organisations such as ACC and Labour Group. Meetings may involve presentations about up coming changes, or projects that individual members are working on. We also benefit from any members that have attended conferences & bring back information for us all.