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15 miners fired after dancing Harlem Shake inside gold mine

By Mason White 8:30 PM March 4, 2013
Dancing miners in Australia 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) The bosses of more than a dozen miners were not amused by their employees recent Harlem Shake video they uploaded to the internet showing them dancing inside a gold mine, according to press reports in the United States.

Up to 15 miners were fired from their high paying jobs in a gold mine in Australia, after a “Harlem Shake” performance was considered a safety hazard, a local newspaper reported Monday.

A YouTube video shows eight miners using safety equipment while performing the dance at Agnew gold mine last week. The West Australian newspaper quoted a dismissed worker who declined to give his name as saying that up to 15 people were laid off, including some who saw the performance, but did not participate.

The mine’s owners considered this a safety issue and a violation of their core values ​​of safety, integrity and excellence, according to a dismissal letter cited by the newspaper.

The letter also noted that the miners will not be allowed to be subcontracted by the company anywhere in the country and the world.
It is not clear in the video what the safety issues were. The dancing miners wore helmets, but five were shirtless.

The dismissed worker told the newspaper that the shirts were taken off so that the company name should not appeared in the video.
The newspaper said that the miners who lost their jobs earned more than $100,000 per year.
The anonymous worker who spoke to the newspaper said that the miners were just having a little fun.

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