Written by Graeme Bruce, Director
It has been a fairly busy year for underground pitfall issues this year. We continue to be surprised by the number of land owners and occupiers who seem to be unaware that claims can still be lodged for damage in relation to this under the Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991. This only covers underground mining issues, not any of those that may be encountered as a result of surface or open cast mining.
Our normal procedure is to conduct a site visit to inspect the damage. If we consider it a possibility that the damage could be as a result of historic underground mining activity, we would then submit a Damage Notice to the Coal Authority (CA).
The CA will then carry out their own inspection and investigations. If the claim is accepted the CA may instruct a contractor to complete the appropriate remedial work. Depending on the extent and complexity of the damage and remedial works required the CA may, (if the owner or occupier has the equipment and experience), agree to pay them an agreed sum to carry out the appropriate remediation works.
Compensation is also payable for any additional losses or damage incurred and the CA will meet agents costs in dealing with this matter on behalf of the landowner or occupier. We are prepared to carry out the initial inspection and submission of a Damage Notice at no cost, therefore there is nothing to lose by giving us a call.
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