Mine 'Harlem Shake' harmless: Lawyer

2013-03-08 11:09
15 Western Australian underground mine workers at the Agnew Gold Mine do the Harlem shake, all the miners involved in this incident were fired. (Youtube)

15 Western Australian underground mine workers at the Agnew Gold Mine do the Harlem shake, all the miners involved in this incident were fired. (Youtube)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Harlem shake on a plane

2013-03-01 11:06

Watch this video of a Colarado college's Ultimate Frisbee team doing the Harlem Shake on a plane. The harmless bit of fun has led to a safety probe by the Federal Aviation Authority. WATCH

Sydney - A worker sacked for performing the dance craze "Harlem Shake" in an Australian gold mine had considered safety and only did it on a break, his lawyer said, adding that the prank was harmless.

As many as 15 electrical workers were fired by Barminco, apparently for safety reasons, after video of a small group doing the dance, which involves thrusting and gyrating, in a Western Australian mine was posted online.

The sackings prompted a wave of outrage on social media, with many saying the men were just having fun, while others congratulated the mining firm for taking safety issues seriously.

Lawyer John Hammond, who is representing one of the sacked men Stephen Dixon, who has referred his case to the employment watchdog, said he would focus on whether the men breached safety rules.

"Around town, opinion seems to be very, very split as to whether or not these miners should have been sacked," Hammond told Fairfax Radio late on Thursday.

"Everywhere you go people are discussing whether it was right or wrong for the company to have sacked those who engaged in what was a 31-second dance.

"Mr Dixon did consider safety," he added.

"They left their steel capped boots on, they left their headlamps on and left the self-rescuers (small portable oxygen sources) on before they engaged in the 'Harlem Shake'.

"Doing a dance on the spot, jumping up and down gyrating, to me personally, was not a harmful act."

Barminco said safety took unconditional priority in its mines.

"Our teams are well aware of our values and we will not make any exception to this," the company said on its Facebook site.

It is understood that 14 or 15 men were sacked over the video, although only eight - some of whom removed their shirts - actually danced while six or seven watched.

The "Harlem Shake" concept originated with a US video blogger named Filthy Frank, but it appears to be a copy-cat version by a group of Australian teenagers that sent the meme viral.

Spinoffs by everyone from fire-fighters to Norwegian soldiers on cross-country skis have been uploaded online at staggering rates.

Each starts with a helmeted or mask-wearing person dancing unnoticed to a song called "Harlem Shake" by Brooklyn DJ Baauer. Moments later, others break into a wild dance, shaking and twisting.

Read more on:    australia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.