During the visit, Knottingley Operations Manager, Billy Gundry, shared his mining background. He described how he was introduced to mining at the age of 16 and completed 10 years as a miner before joining the Mines Rescue Service in 1991. During his time in Mines Rescue, he was involved in many underground incidents, including falls of ground, fires, explosions, inrushes and, unfortunately, dealt with many fatalities.
He explained: “The decision was taken to diversify the skills and expertise of the company’s employees into other industrial areas. The strategy was that, as the mining industry declined, we would increase our income from these new sectors of work, bringing with it new “learning opportunities” resulting in even higher individual and team skill levels.”
“We provide unique rescue services, consultancy and a comprehensive range of accredited health and safety related products, training and services to a wide range of industries, including confined space, work at height, fire awareness and first aid training amongst others.”
Neil Fowkes, Assistant Operations Manager at Knottingley, also spoke with Beth. He worked at Kellingley Colliery and was part of the last shift there before it closed. He then joined MRS Training and Rescue, using the skills he gained from working underground, to now provide industrial health and safety training. He demonstrated to Beth some of the facilities at Knottingley — including those for confined space training.
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