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house adjoining that occupied by the steam engine, entered the house at one corner near the roof, 12 feet above the floor. They were insulated by india-rubber, and several coils of

braid or tape.

On the 18th July, the mechanic and his men were removing the disused engine. Two angle iron girders had been placed across two roof coupling beams the previous evening, after the current was switched off. Two pulley blocks were put in position to raise the fly-wheel, but only one was used. When the wheel was raised the chain was found to be too short to lower it to the ground, so the other block was attached. As soon as the weight was lifted, the block, which had a runner sheave, ran along the girder and struck the lowest of the three wires, and the hook cut through the insulation. The deceased had hold of the chains attached to the block, and the other man had his hand on the fly-wheel. The former were killed instantaneously, and the latter received a shock, and was flung against the wall.

I think this work ought to have been done when the current was off, and it certainly is advisable that tackle should not be put up so near live wires. If an old fashioned pair of blocks had been used, tied to the girder beam, shifting would have been impossible, and the accident would not have occurred. The girder must have had a slight dip towards the wires.

TABLE (14)
ACCIDENTS on SURFACE RAILWAYS or TRAMWAYS.

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* The term “waggons" includes bogies, corves, hutches, trams, trolleys, trucks, tubs.

The above table shows there were six lives lost and 15 persons injured, which compares badly with the figures of the previous year, being one more life lost and five more injuries.

SECTION IV.

PROSECUTIONS. Proceedings before the magistrates were taken, in compliance with your instructions, against two owners and one agent for not sending in the annual return of persons employed and the quantity of mineral worked. The three were convicted and fined.

Reports of 122 prosecutions by owners and managers were received by me during A detailed list of all prosecutions is attached hereto (Appendix II).

the year.

SECTION V.

GENERAL REMARKS.

ANKYLOSTOMIASIS. I have not heard of a single case of this disease.

AMBULANCE. This very important subject continues to have great interest taken in it, and the number of men qualified to render first aid is increasing yearly. General Sir Charles Warren has given a great incentive to zeal in the work by presenting a handsome shield which is competed for annually by the men in the Rhondda Valley.

At one colliery where 2,045 persons are employed there are 160 men qualified to render first aid.

COMPLAINTS FROM WORKMEN AND OTHERS. All complaints received during the year have been carefully enquired into, and if there were any grounds for the complaint steps were taken to have the matter remedied. All communications were, in accordance with instructions, treated as confidential.

AMOUNT OF EXPLOSIVES USED. Through the courtesy of the owners, I am able to give the amount of the different explosives used during the

year.

TABLE (15).
PERMITTED EXPLOSIVES.

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I estimate the number of shots fired at 928,358, of which 750,789 were fired electrically, 162,069 by fuse, and 15,500 by Bickford's igniters.

SAFETY LAMPS. During the year 75,848 safety lamps were in use, of which 68,803 were bonneted Clannys with single gauze, 5,991 with double gauze, 53 Gray No. 2, 968 Cambrian firemen's lamps and 33 Davy's.

Of the above 40,386 were lighted and relighted by electricity.

The substitution of safer kinds of locks for the insecure screw lock is proceeding slowly, and the number now in use has been reduced to 1,151, nearly a thousand having been altered in the

year. EXAMINATIONS For Colliery Manager's AND UNDER Manager’s CERTIFICATES.

The results of the joint examinations will be published in the Report for the Swansea District.

List of EXEMPTIONS granted during the YEAR.

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REPORT UNDER THE METALLIFEROUS MINES

REGULATION ACTS.

SECTION I.

PERSONS EMPLOYED.

The following Table (No. 14) gives the counties in which mining under the Metalliferous Mines Regulation Acts is carried on, the number of mines, and the number of persons employed in each county :

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It will be seen by the above tables, compiled from the Annual Returns, that there was a decrease of 42 in the number of persons employed in and about the mines during the year, an increase of 2,097 tons in the quantity, but a decrease of £4,349 in the value of the minerals as compared with that of the preceding year.

SECTION III.

TABLE (19).
SUMMARY of Fatal and Non-FATAL ACCIDENTS, classified according to

PLACE and CAUSE,

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SECTION IV.

PROSECUTIONS.

There were no prosecutions against owners, or managers, nor was any prosecution of workmen by owners or managers reported to me during the year. .

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I have again the pleasing duty to report that the year has passed without the loss of a single life. The non-fatal accidents were 4 more than the preceding year, but in each case the injury was very slight,

Trade during the year was better than it was in 1905. Lead sold at an average price of £11 5s. per ton, which, compared with the price obtained in 1905, showed an increase of over £3

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ton. Blende also showed an improvement of 27s. 6d. per ton. There were no accidents from the use of electricity. The formal report of the Assistant Inspector is appended hereto.

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