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The death-rates per 1,000 persons employed were as follow :
ACCIDENTS INSIDE QUARRIES.
Falls of Ground. Four fatal and 21 non-fatal accidents were reported, resulting in four deaths, and injury to 21 persons. The corresponding figures for 1905 were two deaths and 12 persons injured.
The fatal accidents are described in brief in Appendix I. The non-fatal accidents do not appear to call for special comment. They occurred in the following quarries :
Essex.—Grays Askew (chalk, 2), Lion (chalk, 5).
Staffordshire.-Cannon St. (marl) ; Cobridge (marl); Hartshill (marl); Leycett (marl) ; Piercy (marl) ; Top (sandstone); Turners Hill (basalt).
Worcestershire.—Cakemore (marl) ; Portway Road (marl, 2).
By Blasting. At Northywood marl quarry, on 25th January, a clay getter was burned by the sparks from a fuse which he was lighting falling into an open powder box and igniting some loose gunpowder.
At Scotia Bank marl quarry on 13th March, a clay getter had his eye seriously injured by the explosion of a bobbin of compressed powder, which he was forcing into a hole with a rammer formed by an iron pipe with a copper end, which he declared had been supplied to him by the works manager and had been used by him for seventeen months. The owners contested his claim for compensation on the ground that he had been guilty of serious and wilful misconduct. The County Court Judge repelled the plea, and said the wilful misconduct appeared to be on the part of the employers in allowing such a tool to be used.
None of the other non-fatal accidents appears to call for remark.
ACCIDENTS OUTSIDE QUARRIES.
I have the honour to be,
His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State,
Home Department, Whitehall.
List of FATAL ACCIDENTS, in Mines under the COAL MINES REGULATION Acts, in the Stafford Districe during the year 1906.
Cause of Accident and Remarks.
Explosion of fire-damp ignited by a naked light. See Report, p. 10.
John Handy, Deceased was taking a piece of top coal off a long wall face to make room for a prop, and thereby liberated a piece of rock about 34,
7 feet in length, 1 foot 6 inches in width at bottom, and about 5 feet in thickness, which fell pon him. Its outer side was
formed by a long wall break, and its inner side by a slip which was not visible before the accident took place.
fall of roof occurred directly over the plates from between the four bars put up in rectangular form at the landing. The
fall came from a slip and a break in the roof parallel to the face.
props, and let down the roof. He was killed almost instantly.
to have been set and drawn, and as the coal did not come down deceased proceeded to stamp a hole for a wedge. The coal
suddenly fell, breaking the prop they were holding and covering him. He succumbed to his injuries five hours later.
fell from two slips at right angles to each other and previously unseen, and killed him instantly.
deceased, who was in a stooping position, was struck on the back. He died from the injuries received, on May 29th, 1906. 40, Dataller. 1
* All mines are coal mines, unless otherwise specified.
Name of Owner
Registered No. of
Accident. | Mine and County.
EXPLOSIONS OF FIRE-DAMP OR COAL Dust.
2 fatal accidents : 2 deaths.
Earl of Dudley
No. 120 pit,
| Park Hall Collerie,
FALLS OF ROOF OR SIDE.
40 fatal accidents : 43 deaths.
Cannock and Rugeley
Colliery Co., Ltd.
Florence Coal and !
Iron Co., Ltd.
Wood Farm Colliery
March 12, Wood Farm,
No. 34 pit,
Rufford & Co., Ltd.
March 29, Sandwell Park, 10.15 a.m.
Sandweli Park Col.
liery Co., Ltd.
Stirrup & Pye
March 30, Adderley Green,
No. 9 pit,
Staffordshire, N. April 6, Shelton Deep Pit. 9 a.m. Staffordshire, N.
Shelton Iron, Steel!
and Coal Co., Ltd.
Deceased was ridding stone from a shot in a drift in the Black Band Stone when a fall occurred from between two parallel slips
running up the face. Deceased was killed by the lower end of the fall. Before the shot was fired the pick was made up to
within two feet of the face, and it was only af er the shot was fired that the second slip bec1m3 exposed. After the occur. Miner.
rence there was a space of only four and a-half feet between pack and face.
Deceased was taking a loaded tub of coal outbye in the thick seam when a “bump " took place and about 20 tons of coal fell,
Hamstead Colliery George Riley,
killing both him and his horse. (See Report p. 13).
Fred. W. Beckett, Deceased was preparing to set a post under the roof on the down throw side of a small fault in the Ten Feet seam. A level had
been driven across the fault in the tops to a slip 4 feet from it. Deceased had thirled in the heading from a cross-cut driven
up between the fault and the slip. The heading had been standing two weeks without timber when deceased thirled into it. Staffordshire, N.
Had timber been set when the heading was driven the accident might not have occurred. At the inquest the jury requested the coroner to censure the night and day firemen for neglect in that they had not had timber set in the heading
before the cross-cut was thirled.
Deceased was kneeling under the holing in a wide heading, cleansing out a shot hole, when a piece of top dirt 6 feet long, 1 foot
3 inches in thickness and about 1 foot in breadth came away from a slip, reeling out two sprags, and falling upon him,
killed him instantly.
The accident occurred in an opening 17 feet wide and 9 feet high, in a rib of Thick Coal 22 feet broad. Deceased was filling a tub
when a “bump” took place and a piece of “ Brazil” coal fell upon him. Owing apparently to a misunderstanding between 10 a.in. No. 38 pit
a pikeman who took him home and the doctor, the accident was not reported until after the inquest by which time certain Staffordshire, s.
posts said to have been set had been drawn and the roof let down. Deceased's spinal cord had been injured and he diel on the following day.
were drawing some 11 feet props to let down the top coal. They had drawn three and deceased April 23, | Himley,
Deceased and the “ doggy
was clearing away some dirt from the foot of a fourth to relieve it, in order that they might knock it out with a “bunter,” 11.30 a.m. No. 18 pit,
when the coal above fell, knocking out this prop and another. Deceased's skull, thigh and three ribs were fractured, and Staffordshire, S.
his back severely injured. He succumbed 15 hours afterwards. The post which the men were trying to draw could
probably have been safely got out by a pulling jack and chain. Foxfield Colliery ro., Frederick Brough, Deceased was riding on the last load of a journey of twelve when a load left the metals and knocked out one leg of a set of May 2, Foxfield,
timber, causing 6 or 7 sets to reel out and letting down a large quantity of small roof bass, under which deceased was
Three shots had been fired and he had
Deceased was killed by a fall of roof in the ripping in a level in the Cockshead seam.
pulled all loose dirt. He stood on the pile of debris attempting to pull down a lump partly loose. It was thought he was
doing this with a pick instead of a bar and that when the lump came he stumbled on the loose heap under foot and fell Top Ripper.
beneath the dirt he was pulling.
Deceased was filling a tub at a long wall face in a seam 7 feet 5 inches in thickness, when a "rate" of coal, 10 inches in thicknes ,
came away from a slip joint in an overhanging face, knocked his head against the tub and killed him instantly.
James Tromans, Fall of top coal (see Report, p. 13). 11.30 a.m. No. 37 pit,
34, Staffordshire, S.
Name of Owner
Registered No. of
Accident. Mine and County.
FALLS OF ROOF OR SIDE-continued. 1906,
Earl of Dudley
Earl of Dudley
Earl of Dudley
over the end of a long lid to a post set between tho bars. The fall came from a slip in the roof running between and Loader.
parallel to the two bars. S. & T. Corfield
This accident occurred in an opening in thick coal “pickings," where the strata are much crushed and broken. Four posts had +3,
been drawn in the bolt hole in order to drop some slipper coal, but as it did not come down a hole was drilled for a shot. Pikeman.
Preparatory to firing it, deceased was drawing another post, and with a view to this, was relieving the lid with a pick. A
a ringer and chain deceased might have been in a safer place.
stood in a tub about three yards from the face. A fall occurred from a slip running along by the packside and sloping up 39,
to the fault on the other side of the roadway. Two posts near the face were reeled out by the fall, which extended back a Collier.
distance of 5 yards from the face, to the last bɔnd of timber. Had the existence of the slip been known, more bars would
have been set nearer the face Lilleshall Co., Ltd. James Cliff, The deceased was a "getter" in a long wall face where there is a seam of coal 2 feet thick at a distance of 34 feet above the
working seam. An air road running into the face had been ripped up to this coal, and a little of the latter had fallen in Getter,
the air road. Deceased went, without instructions, to rid out the fallen coal, and probably attempted to pull a little more.
for a short leg to hold a bar 4 feet distant from a bar similarly supported. A fall of roof occurred over a distance of Timberer.
12 feet, reeling out the last-mentioned bar and burying deceased. It is probable that in cutting the nick deceased reached
a joint in the strata and so liberated the ground on the deep side of the level and on which the roof was supported.
the coal face and about 8 feet from the stallman. The latter told him to stand back, but deceased said he was “all right.” Loader.
When the coal came away it knocked out a temporary prop set near the face, which struck deceased and knocked him against the corner of the pack, fracturing his skull. Had the stallman exercised ordinary care he would have insisted upon
deceased getting out of the way before pulling down the coal.
Walter Scragg, Deceased was assisting to remove some loose timber from a waste in the Cockshead previous to drawing the back row of posts.
He was killed by a fall of roof which come from between two slips about 8 feet apart, and which broke a bar and reeled
out two posts on which it was supported. The slips were invisible before the occurrence and two shot holes had been bored
in the rock that fell, with a view to blasting it down after the withdrawal of the tim ber under it. Norton Cannock Coal Wm.Charlesworth, Deceased was walking inbye between his horse and a set of two tubs, which contained some props. At a point 25 yards from Co., Ltd.
the face a fall of roof took place, some props having been knocked out either by the projecting end of a prop which
fall and died before he could be extricated. Had he been walking behind the tubs he would have escaped injury.
cwt, which fell off the face while he was scraping slack from the cut immediately beneath. Loose coal on the face had
been noticed early in the sbift, and stretchers set had been taken out, the face brushed and fresh timber set. At the back of the lump was a slip para llel to the face. It is probable that the slack removed by scraping released the coal at the back of the cat, and it dropped sufficiently to loose hold of the stretcher supporting it and then rolled over outwards on to
David Lister, Deceased and another were getting down some loose coal which had broken over the timbers in a roadway in Thick Coal, and
which had been heating. A fall of coal came off the side and killed him instantly.
Odd Man. Deceased worked in a narrow heading 5ļ feet wide, the roof of which was formed by a 6-inch coal, overlaid by 9 inches of
No timber was used. He went outbye to get a drınk and when 10 yards from face the roof coal and batt suddenly
fell across whole width of place and for a length of 9 feet, disclosing a hitherto unseen slip at one side of and parallel to 50, Miner.
the heading. Exrs. of Edward Bar- Thomas Burns, A road 4 feet 9 inches in height was being ripped to 8 feet. Deceased and another were setting two liners under the brow to nett.
strengthen some broken bars. They had almost finished when the broken bar reeled out and the roof came down, reeling Ripper.
out the liners. Deceased's neck was broken. * All mines are coal mines, unless otherwise specified.
No. 9 pit,
No. 1 pit,
May 29, 9.30 a.m.
No. 2 pit,
July 31, 6.30 a.m.
Sept. 28, 1.40 a.m.