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Leisenring No. 2,
Leg broken by fall cf slate while at work
drawing out pillars.
blacksmith's shop he jumped on it, and
to be hoisted, a loaded car struck an
wagon jumping track, where he WS
standing to allow it to pass him.
slate in his working place.
by a fall of slate while he was drawing
about breast by being squeezed
was digging coal in his room.
blow-off pipe bursting on one of the
boilers. Head hurt by fall of breast coal while at
work in his room. Injured by piece of slate falling on his
shoulder, straining right side and hand.
Date of accident.
26. Christopher Dick, 27. Shrive Hull,
Right foot badly bruised; car ran over it. Hips and legs crushed by fall of coal and
slate while drawing posts in rib work
shot. They were making a cut-through
ing place. Back very severely injured by fall of slate
while at work splitting a rib. Head injured by piece of slate falling from
the roof of his working place.
of his left eye.
running over his hand, cutting off one
of his fingers.
self at fire.
which broke small bone of his leg. Struck by a trip on the slope. Left leg and right ankle broken by fall of
slate while drawing out posts on rib.
tween empty car, which jumped the track while going into switch and rib. Shoulder hurt and collar bone broken by a
fall of breast coal in his working place.
13, Robert Harry, 13. Peter Stagnon,
16, John Reily, 18, John Vesa,
SIXTH BITUMINOUS DISTRICT.
(CAMBRIA, SOMERSET AND INDIANA (OUNTIES.)
Johnstown, Pa., March 9, 1896. Ilon. James W. Latta, Secretary of Internal Affairs, Harrisburg, Pa.:
Sir: I have the honor of presenting herewith my eleventh annual report as Inspector of the Sixth District of the Bituminous Region.
It contains the usual tables which show that 4,406,750 tons of coal were mined during the year 1895, an increase of 1,425,662 tons over the production of 1894.
The number of fatal accidents has decreased from thirteen in 1894 to eight in 1895, and the non-fatal ones increased from seventeen in 1894 to nineteen in 1895.
The report contains brief articles on the condition of each mine as regards the ventilation and drainage, and some remarks on the improvements made at the mines during the year.
Yours very respectfully,
J. T. EVANS, Inspector of Mines.
IMPROVEMENTS MADE AT TIIE MINES IN THE SIXTH BI
TUMINOUS DISTRICT DURING 1895. The following collieries have put in new machinery for improving the haulage and ventilation:
D. II. Laughman & Co., at their Dysert mine, a new hauling plant for bringing coal out to the dip workings, and a steam locomotive for conveying coal from the mine around to the tipple; also a 7 foot Stine fan for the purpose of increasing the ventilation of the mine.
The Sonman Coal Company, a tail rope haulage, size of engine 16x18 inches.
The Lovell Coal Mining Company, electric haulage at their Trout Run slope at Portage.
M«Gee & Lingle, at their New Pardee mine at Patton, a very fine tail rope haulage plant.
The Vintondale Colliery Company, an electric motor for hauling the coal out of the mine.
The following companies have put in fans for increasing their ventilation: Euclid, a 7 foot Stine fan; Webster No. 3, a 12 foot Guibal; Henrietta shaft, a 12 foot Guibal; Madeira Coal Company, a 7 foot Clark fan; Sonman No. 2, a 12 foot Guibal; at the Big Run colliery, a 7 foot Stine fan.
The Stine fan is a high speed fan, and when running at 300 revolutions per minute it is about equal in capacity to a 15 foot Guibal fan, running at 60 revolutions per minute.
The activity in the coal trade during several months of the year was quite an incentive to the improvement of the collieries by the operators, as is seen by the amount of machinery added in such a short time. The trouble formerly was to get operators to put in power in the form of a furnace or fan to produce sufficient air to supply the men with the volume demanded by the mine law. That trouble has about ceased, and the difficulty now lies more with the men in charge of the collieries in not properly distributing and conducting the air to the working faces. To successfully accomplish this work, more care should be taken in building overcasts, or airbridges, doors, and air stoppings—the latter to prevent leakage, the doors to conduct the air in its proper course, and the air-bridges to carry sufficient quantities to each district in the mine, to force out the foul air and replace it with fresh.
A synopsis of the whole matter may be given by saying that there is a much improved condition in the haulage, drainage, ventilation and general safety of the mines of the district.
It is very gratifying to me to report a decrease of five in the number of fatal accidents, with an increased production of 1,425,662 tons of coal, and that the accidents were mostly of a purely unavoidable kind, not caused by the carelessness or neglect of any one, but of that nature the miner, in his dark and gloomy place of toil, is always in danger of. Number of mines in the district,
82 Number of mines not working during year,
12 Number of mines not reported,
4 Number of mines reported their coal production,
66 Total production of coal for 1895 (tons),
4,406,750 Total production of coke for 1895 (tons),
133,992 Total shipment of coal for 1895 (tons),
3,684,375 Average number of days worked,
1893 Total number of persons employed,
7,081 Number of fatal accidents,
8 Number of non-fatal accidents,