The coal mining industry fears it will be stifled in the wake of the Pike River Royal Commission report.
The report, released this afternoon, says the disaster which claimed the lives of 29 men was preventable and Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson has resigned her portfolio.
Coal Association of New Zealand chairman Chris Baker, who is also ceo of resources lobby group Straterra, says the commission has done a good job and the country's mines have to be safe.
However, he says there are concerns the country's underground coal-mining industry will be stifled by over-regulation.
"This is not a case of one size fits all.
"Obviously, what we want is a safe working environment – but the technical issues that one mine faces are quite different than those faced by another mine. Mines are site and geology specific."
Mr Baker is confident the industry can work with the government and regulators to ensure safe working conditions.
"It's about the appropriate skills and the regulations being fit for purpose.
"In the end, the regulations are important but they're only a part of what you need to ensure you've got a safe work environment.
"I give the Royal Commission all credit – they've identified the range of components, worker participation, leadership from the board, all of those things that are really important to get the right culture that delivers safe workplaces."
If people are found to be culpable in the Pike River disaster they should be charged, he says.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- New Warehouse executive explains his $150k Trump donation
- NBR Rich List family unable to settle dispute over $264k
- Bribery scandal shrouds owner of Scott Tech
- Another multi-million dollar claim casts a shadow over Carter Holt Harvey
- Cooperative Bank posts flat annual earnings as shrinking margins offset lending growth
Most listened to
- Lawyer Adina Thorn discusses her decision to launch a class action against Carter Holt Harvey over its Shadowclad product
- FMA's Rob Everett says confidence in capital markets is increasing
- NBR's Rob Hosking says housing and debt are the two things people haven't grasped about Budget 2017
- FNZC's John Norling on last week's star stocks and this week's outlook
- RedShield founder explains what makes his cyber service so attractive to Fortune 500 companies
- NBR Radio: best of the week ended May 26, with Grant Walker