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Mining Industry - What Mining Industry?

Following the recent demise of the largest coal mines in the UK, people including former mineworkers often ask the question - Mining industry, what mining industry?

Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that 64,000 persons are currently directly employed in the mining and quarrying industry (September 2016). In context, in September 1978 there were 376,000 persons directly employed, with a steady decline in numbers from that point and as the mining industry contracted this number fell below 100,000 in 1993. Things aren’t quite as bad as they might seem though and this paper gives a brief overview of HSE’s portfolio for the mining industry and some of the future developments.

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Following 28 years of working as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK underground coal mining industry, (holding senior mine management positions), Paul Bradley CEng, FIMMM, CMgr, MCMI, joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2008 as HM Principal Inspector of Mechanical Engineering in the Hazardous Industries Sector.

The Health and Safety Executive is the UK’s Independent Regulator. Paul is currently HSE’s Energy Division Operations Manager and part of Energy Division’s Senior Leadership Team with overall responsibility for Offshore and Onshore Well Engineering Operations, Diving Operations, Mines and Quarries.

Paul joined the North of England Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers in 1981 until its merger with the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers of which he is the past President and has served as a member of for 8 years. He is also an active member of the Mining Technology Division Board.

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