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There is a total decrease of 85,780 tons in the mineral quarried during the year as compared with the previous year. With the exception of a small increase in clay, all the minerals contributed to the decrease.
ACCIDENTS. There were 5 fatal accidents by which 5 persons lost their lives, and 42 non-fatal accidents causing injury to 47 persons. This shows a decrease of 2 fatal accidents and 3 deaths as compared with last year, and an increase in the non-fatal accidents of 9, and of persons injured, 13.
Two of the fatal accidents were caused by falls of ground ; in one case a quarryman was engaged taking off loose rock from the face where a shot had been fired previously, when a mass of rock came away from a slide above him, and in the other case a fall of tirring came away from the face, at which deceased and others worked, and buried him.
The foreman of a quarry was at top clearing away some loose material when the ground slipped from beneath his feet and he and it were precipitated into the quarry.
A quarry labourer got right under a box of stones being raised to the surface when a stone fell off and struck him.
One man was killed by a rope, in use at a hand crane, breaking while loading flags into a small boat at a wharf. The rope was in a disgraceful condition, and the wires were rusted by exposure to the salt water from the sea.
TABLE (21). SUMMARY of FATAL and NON-FATAL ACCIDENTS, classified according to PLACE and CAUSE.
Place and Cause.
Number of Persons Injured.
The death rates per 1,000 persons employed were-inside quarries, 1.05 ; outside quarries, 0:11;
One was convicted for failing to have his boilers inspected and reported on, although asked by myself and assistant several times to do so, and the other was convicted for the same offence and, in addition, failing to have the Special Rules posted at the quarry and not providing a book to report the state of the machinery.
GENERAL REMARKS. There are still a number of owners very lax in the matter of sending in the Annual Returns, many of them waiting until they receive a reminder that the statutory time has passed, and in writing a covering letter accompanying the form they wish you to understand that in sending the return they are conferring a favour. The number of those who fail to send the return by the 1st of February is getting less, however, and will improve as the years go on.
FACTORY AND WORKSHOP Act, 1901.
Dock REGULATIONS. With few exceptions the docks are small, and many of them come under the definition of shallow canal.” Almost all of them have been visited, and where any matter connected with the regulations was not complied with the attention of the person in charge was called to it.
I have the honour to be,
Home Department, Whitehall, London.
List of Fatal ACCIDENTS in Mines under the COAL MINES REGULATION Acts, in the East SCOTLAND DISTRICT, during the YEAR 1906.
Falls of Side.
Fife Coal Co., Ltd. David Flockhart, Deceased was proceeding along a level road in a seam with a gradient of 1 in 1, when a piece of coal fell off the high side and
injured him. He died from his injuries 18 days afterwards.
Herd & Sons, Ltd., George Campbell, Deceased withdrew a sprag to allow the coal to fall, when it fell across the face for a distance of 15 feet, throwing out two other
sprags, and he was crushed beneath the mass.
Miner. 11 27 | Whitrigg.
Hugh Brannan, Deceased was holing his coal, and had it holed to a depth of 3 feet for a distance of 8 feet across, when it fell upon him : there
were no sprags up to the coal.
United Collieries, Peter Higgins, The bottom portion of the seam-main coal—is taken out first and the upper portion left on and supported by props for several
feet, after which it is worked off. Deceased had 10 feet of the upper portion on, and was preparing to take out more bottom
coal when a part of the upper portion came away, and, striking him, killed him instantaneously.
“ cuddie prop to be set, when a part
suddenly burst off and crushed him ; a sprag which was up to the coal was thrown out by the falling coal.
Elphinstone, Durie, Ltd., R. & J. James Rutherford, Deceased was filling coal into a tub, when a stone in centre of seam suddenly burst off the face and killed him.
• All mines are coal mines, unless otherwise specified.
List of FATAL ACCIDENTS, &c.-continued.
Falls of Side-continued. 63 Sept. 26 Dalmeny
Dalmeny Oil Co., Patrick Kane, Deceased was going outbye with a loaded tub, when a piece of shale fell away from the side, and striking him, caused injuries (Oil Shale), Ltd.
to which he succumbed about three hours later. Linlithgow.
Drawer. 67 Oct. 8 Bridgeness,
Bridgeness Coal Co.
Robert Muir, Deceased was engaged cutting a roadway through a woste, and was about to stamp a hole in the brushing for a shot when the
roof fell. The stone fell away by a lype in front and a waste break on the side, a stay was placed against it and a prop under Brusher.
it, but both were thrown out when it fell.
Wemyss Coal Co., Johnstone Deceased was engaged taking out some old stoops, and he passed round the stoop side to take off some loose coal, when a mass of
coal fell upon him. 52,
Edinburgh Col. William McKinlay, Deceased was holing in the bottom coal, when the head coal suddenly burst and a part fell upon him.
Edinburgh Col. John McCutcheon, Deceased and another drawer were proceeding to the top of an incline with a loaded tub, when it was stopped by some debris,
and he was making his way round the tub to clear the obstruction, when a stone fell away from the high side and crushed
him against the side of the tub. The stone came away at a part of the road where a “hitch” was crossed.
died from his injuries on 28th January, 1906.
Spowart & Co., Ltd., William Terris, Deceased withdrew a sprag to allow the coal to fall, and when he did so a fall of roof took place. The roof came away by a
“roof break,” which was over the face and upseen.
roof, and when it fell he was crushed beneath it.
Balfour, C. B. Thomas Nicholson, The roof, which was coal, was low, and deceased and two others began to heighten and repair it. Deceased was filling a tub
when some roof coal fell close by him, and thinking he would be safer inside he ran forward, and just then the roof Miner,
collapsed and he was buried beneath it.
Fife Coal Co., Ltd. William Paterson, Deceased was taking coal off the face when the roof collapsed, and he was killed instantaneously. The place was approaching
an old working, and the roof was troubled with “waste" breaks.
Miner. 14 9 Chapel, Chapel Coal Co., Benjamin
Deceased was wedging down coal at the roadhead when the roof fell away suddenly upon him ; in its descent the stone threw Lanark, Ltd.
out a prop which supported it. Miner.
A fall occurred on the main haulage road during the night, and deceased and others were engaged rodding it with a view to 21 | Mar. 21 Armadale, United Collieries, William Pearson,
make repnirs, when a large stone! from behind the area of the fall came away, swinging out the crown which supported it, Linlithgow. Ltd.
William Haxton, Deceased was redding a roadway which had been temporarily stopped, and was forming a building with the fallen debris, when 37 April 30 | Blairenbathie, Fife Coal Co., Ltd. Kinross,
David Campbell, Deceased worked in a long wall face where two “lypes" ran parallel with the face ; he was instructed to work from one end and 33 | May 25 Donibristle, Donibristle Colliery
take “ cut" ccal with him and timber as he went ; instead, however, he worked in front, and when the coal was taken off, Fife. Co., Ltd.
Deceased was driving a road through old waste to reach a section of coal when the roof suddenly fell upon him. 40 June 14 Blairadam,
corner of the face when the roof suddenly fell away from a “waste ” break. Herdshill,
Deceased and his neighbour were about to make some repairs, and while he was preparing to set a prop part of the roof fell and 43
Bowhill Coal Co., George A. Leitch, Some bars of long timber were placed across the tubs on a rake going up an incline, and when the tubs reached the top the 61 26 Bowhill,
ends struck some crowns, displacing them and causing the roof to fall upon deceased while he and others were about to Fife. Ltd.
Deceased was engaged with others in brushing a hard rock roof on a haulage road ; the rock was overhanging and unsupported, 55 Aug. 23 Fordell,
Deceased and another workman were engaged making repairs on a heading road, when the roof suddenly collapsed and he was 56 28 | Lassodie,
Deceased drove a narrow place through on the waste to ascertain the thickness of coal and also to obtain from the waste 57 29 Condenbeath No. 10, Fife Coal Co., Ltd. Robert Muir,
material for which to build the places, and while engaged afterwards near the entrance to the opening the roof fell right
Deceased was filling coal into a tub, which had been holed the previous shift, by a coal-cutting machine, when a fall of roof took
Lochgelly Iron and James Henderson, A roadway was being driver. to work the coal to the rise of two large faults, and while deceased was taking off coal to widen
Callendar Coal Co., Daniel O'Donnall, Deceased was engaged cutting out a place in the coal for starting a disc coal-cutting machine in a bad roof ; he fired a shot,
which threw out a prop, and while he was re-setting the prop the roof fell and injured him ; he died on 28th October, 1906. Stirling. Ltd.
The blaes in the openings of the old stoop and room workings is worked for the purpose of making bricks, and while deceased 72 | Nov. 2 Lochside, Lochside Coal & Clay George Ritchie,
was shovelling, an overhanging piece of the blaes fell and fatally crushed him. The part did not seem to be sufficiently Fife. Co.
James Johnstone, While deceased was at work at the face the roof suddenly fell and killed him. The roof was composed of strong sandstone and 73 14 | Kingseat,
Coltness Iron Co., John McPherson, i Deceased was taking off coal at the face when a stone fell from the roof, and fatally crushed him, On the left-hand side was a 75 29 Garriongill,
fatally crushing both men. John McLean,
a stone fell from the roof and crushed his head against the partly formed building.
the “ lypes ” were relieved and the roof fell upon him.
Fife Coal Co., Ltd. Thomas Stark,
Coltness Iron Co., James Hendry, Deceased was taking off coal at the "
West of Fife Coal James Shearer,
injured his foot; he died from the effects of the injury on 25th September, 1906.
Brusher. 49 July 20 Longriggend, Nimmo & Co., Ltd.
While deceased was engaged taking off " cut” coal the roof suddenly fell upon him.
unload the bars.
Buckinghamshire, John Lawson,
and part fell and killed him.
Spowart & Co., Ltd., Robert Hoey,
along the narrow place, and he was killed instantaneously.
place and he was killed,
the road a huge stone fell, killing him instantaneously.
Irvine & Son, John
was full of breaks.
visible "lype," and the stone fell away from this, and one inside which was invisible. Lanark. Ltd.
* All mines are coal mines, unless otherwise specified,