Socotec has announced that it has been appointed by the Coal Authority to undertake a programme of mine entry inspections in England, Scotland and Wales for the next three years.
The Coal Authority is responsible for 155,000 known mine shafts and under the contract Socotec will inspect at least 5,000 of these each year.
“Our mine entry inspection programme is now in its 10th year and forms a vital part of the work we do every day to protect the public and environment from Britain’s long history of coal mining<2 said Coal Authority head of public safety and subsidence Tim Marples.
“In previous years we have found that less than 1% of the mine entries inspected required further investigation, but if an inspector finds a mine entry which is open, or there is coal mining subsidence, our team will act quickly to ensure the situation is made safe.”
According to Socotec, for many of the shafts there is no sign of it on the ground other than the Coal Authority’s historical mining maps which is why inspection is vital to ensure these mine entries are not in a dangerous condition.