Workers at a Gwynedd slate quarry closed amid safety fears are waiting to see if they will keep their jobs.
Nineteen quarrymen at Llechwedd in Blaenau Ffestiniog have been off work without pay since Easter after the rock face became too unstable.
Experts are examining a nearby slate vein which could offer a new lease of life after 170 years of operation.
Michael Bewick, director of owners JW Greaves, said: “We are determined that quarrying will not end.”
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