UKCoal sees production slump after worker death

UK COAL said yesterday its third-quarter revenue fell 20 per cent on lower sales, and added it expected deep mine output for the year to miss its own estimates after a death at one of its mines hit production.<br /><br />The firm said the death of a 46-year-old man at its Kellingley site in north Yorkshire means the plant will remain closed for the next fortnight, reducing its output for the remainder of the year.<br /><br />Britain&rsquo;s biggest coal producer now expects its output for 2009 to be around 6.2m tonnes, below its earlier estimate of 6.4m to 6.6m tonnes. <br /><br />Total production for the third quarter and year-to-date was broadly in line with the same period last year at 1.8m tonnes and 5.4m tonnes respectively, the company said. <br /><br />Third quarter sales fell to &pound;95m compared with &pound;119m last year.