The squealing of machinery comes to a halt and the large red light on the operator’s panel turns green. A buzzer sounds and he steps forward, opening a salt-encrusted gate to reveal a small miner’s lift. On its floor more salt has formed into small drifts. It has walls on two sides, but apart from a safety bar the back is open, the rear wall of the shaft (and the gaps in it) clearly visible. “If you’re not good with that kind of thing then best face forward.” Says Graeme McDonald, Head ...
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