York & North Yorkshire

Worker hurt underground at Boulby potash mine

A worker suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in an incident at a potash mine in North Yorkshire.

The man, who is in his 50s, was in an underground drill bay at the mine in Boulby when a hose burst and pushed him back against a skip.

Cleveland Potash Limited (CPL), which runs the mine, said the worker was kept in hospital overnight and was expected to be discharged later.

The company has started an investigation into the incident.

It said union representatives would be involved in the inquiry and the incident had been reported to the Mines Inspectorate.

The injured man, who has not been named, was given first aid underground before being brought to the surface, where Great North Air Ambulance Service paramedics took over and airlifted him to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Dave McLuckie, from CPL, said it placed "the highest possible emphasis" on safety and the company wanted to "extend their appreciation to the air ambulance service for their expert assistance".

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