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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.

SECTION III.
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.

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The death rates per 1,000 persons employed were-inside quarries, 105; outside quarries, 0.41; and inside and outside quarries, 0-80.

SECTION IV.

PROSECUTIONS.

Proceedings were taken against two owners during the year.

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.

SECTION V.

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,
Sir,

Your most obedient servant,

The Right Hon. H. J. Gladstone, M.P.,
His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State,
Home Department, Whitehall, London.

ROBERT MCLAREN.

Registered No.

of Accident.

APPENDIX I.

LIST of FATAL ACCIDENTS in MINES under the COAL MINES REGULATION ACTS, in the EAST SCOTLAND DISTRICT, during the YEAR 1906.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

While holing his coal a piece fell away and crushed him; he died from his injuries 14 days afterwards.

Deceased and his son were engaged taking away a corner of coal from a pillar to enable a "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.

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.

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Patrick Kane,

21, Drawer.

52, Miner.

Deceased was going outbye with a loaded tub, when a piece of shale fell away from the side, and striking him, caused injuries
to which he succumbed about three hours later.

Deceased was engaged cutting a roadway through a waste, 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
it, but both were thrown out when it fell.

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.

William McKinlay, Deceased was holing in the bottom coal, when the head coal suddenly burst and a part fell upon him.

23. Miner.

16, John McCutcheon, Drawer.

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William Paterson,

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.

Deceased had left the brushing face to get his lamp replenished with oil, and while filling the lamp a stone fell upon him. He
died from his injuries on 28th January, 1906.

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 unseen.

Deceased and his neighbour were brushing a road to the rise off a level, and in withdrawing the timber he was partly under the
roof, and when it fell he was crushed beneath it.

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
collapsed and he was buried beneath it.

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.

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Feb. 8 Lumphinnans,

Fife Coal Co., Ltd.

Fife.

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William Shaw, 48, Miner. Chapel Coal Co., Benjamin Ltd. 33, Miner.

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William Pearson, A fall occurred on the main haulage road during the night, and deceased and others were engaged redding it with a view to make repairs, when a large stone from behind the area of the fall came away, swinging out the crown which supported it, fatally crushing both men.

37,

Roadsman.
John McLean,

30,
Roadsman.
William Haxton,

49,
Miner.
David Campbell,

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56, Brusher. James Penman,

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John McEwan,

16, Drawer.

Deceased was redding a roadway which had been temporarily stopped, and was forming a building with the fallen debris, when a stone fell from the roof and crushed his head against the partly formed building.

Deceased worked in a long wall face where two "lypes" ran parallel with the face; he was instructed to work from one end and take "cut" ccal with him and timber as he went; instead, however, he worked in front, and when the coal was taken off, the "lypes" were relieved and the roof fell upon him. Deceased was driving a road through old waste to reach a section of coal when the roof suddenly fell upon him.

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Deceased was taking off coal at the " nose corner of the face when the roof suddenly fell away from a "waste" break.

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 injured his foot; he died from the effects of the injury on 25th September, 1906.

While deceased was engaged taking off "cut" coal the roof suddenly fell upon him.

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 ends struck some crowns, displacing them and causing the roof to fall upon deceased while he and others were about to unload the bars.

Deceased was engaged with others in brushing a hard rock roof on a haulage road; the rock was overhanging and unsupported, and part fell and killed him.

Deceased and another workman were engaged making repairs on a heading road, when the roof suddenly collapsed and he was completely buried.

Deceased drove a narrow place through on the waste to ascertain the thickness of coal and also to obtain from the waste material for which to build the places, and while engaged afterwards near the entrance to the opening the roof fell right along the narrow place, and he was killed instantaneously.

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 place and he was killed.

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 the road a huge stone fell, killing him instantaneously.

32, Miner.

Daniel O'Donnall,

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Minto,

Fife.

Lochgelly Iron and Coal Co., Ltd.

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Lochgelly Iron and
Coal Co, Ltd.
Callendar Coal Co.,
Ltd.
28,
Miner.
Lochside Coal & Clay George Ritchie,
Co.
35,
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29,
Miner.

John McPherson,

48, Miner.

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, The blaes in the openings of the old stoop and room workings is worked for the purpose of making bricks, and while deceased was shovelling, an overhanging piece of the blaes fell and fatally crushed him. The part did not seem to be sufficiently timbered.

While deceased was at work at the face the roof suddenly fell and killed him. The roof was composed of strong sandstone and was full of breaks.

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 visible "lype," and the stone fell away from this, and one inside which was invisible.

* All mines are coal mines, unless otherwise specified.

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