The mine closed by the Department of Labour for failing to comply with mining regulations is Broken Hills, a small underground gold mine in the Coromandel.
The Acting Chief Inspector Mines, Gavin Taylor says the mine has been closed for failing to comply with s23 of the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining – Underground) Regulations 1999. An improvement notice had previously been issued to the mine outlining the area of non-compliance. As this non-compliance was not remedied the mine has been closed following an inspection in January 2012.
The mine may open to bring its operations into compliance, but opening for any other purpose will result in a prohibition notice being issued, and further action may be taken.