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TABLE No. 5.— List of non-fatal accidents that occurred in and about the mines of the Eighth Bituminous Mine District
for the year ending December 31, 1895.
Name of Person.
Name of Colliery.
Nature and Cause of Accident.
Date of accident.
Fall of rock in rib workings, side brow,
which broke his thigh. Fall of coal which broke his collar bone.
Accident caused by mining coal with
out sprags. Leg broken at ankle; struck by haul
age rope, which swings to one side when first put in motion and which he
knew, yet stood in the way. A piece of rock off side brow fell on
him breaking his wrist. Thigh broken by falling between mine
cars when in motion.
thigh and spine injured. Both caught
while standing on heading watching
coal which was on floor of mine and
ting more coal.
Ankle bruised and face cut by a piece
of coal rolling against him, which he was in front of, shoveling slack coal. Loss of right arm while coupling rail
road cars on siding. Arm and leg cut by fall of coal and
bony coal while examining it to see if
it was properly secured.
been mined and sprags taken out. His
when coal fell.
ignition of powder; caused by care-
lamp falling in same.
while neglecting his own duty and
tween mine cars, running over an open
in his absence.
cars leaving the track while he was riding between them attending to the brakes.
Right collar bone broken by fall of coal; caused by neglecting to sprag
with feather edge falling and striking
by fall of slate.
he was undercutting. A thin slab on front having been loosened by a shot
previously fired. Fracture of right collar bone by a fall of coal which he
This was gross carelessness.
mine car at a point along his room rib
ing barrel of oil at bottom of shaft.
fall of slate, caused by mine cars-
letting slate down on him.
standing on heading.
fall of roof slate and coal. He had
roof was secure.
of bone coal while undercutting.
coal which he was examining in his
Leg broken and back and head bruised
by fall of slate which he was wedging
of coal which he had shot down rolling
NINTH BITUMINOUS DISTRICT.
(FAYETTE, WESTMORELAND AND ALLEGHENY COUNTIES.)
Connellsville, Pa., February 18, 1896. Hon. James W. Latta, Secretary of Internal Affairs:
Sir: In compliance with the act of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, relating to bituminous coal mines, approved May 15, 1893, I have the honor to herewith submit my annual report as Inspector of Mines for the Ninth District for the year ending December 31, 1895.
The tables will show that during the year 5,652,813 tons of coal were mined in the district; this being an increase of 962,002 tons over the production for 1894. Also, the increase in production of coke for the year of 1895 over 1894 was 511,224 tons. The number of employes was 653 less than the preceding year. There was an increase in the average number of days worked of 62. A few of the coal miners were affected by local strikes, but, on the whole, the coal and coke men had a profitable year, and the workingmen had their wages materially advanced.
There were 21 lives lost in the district during the year this being an increase of 10 over the preceding year. The number of injuries not fatal was 40, the same number as in 1894.
Some of the accidents were remarkable; while some were the direct results of neglect. The table shows that the greater number of the miners killed were Americans or other English speaking people, so that ignorance of the language and of the mining laws cannot be blamed for their unfortunate end. The only advice that can be given is a caution for constant care and faithful observance of the mining laws. When men learn to value their lives more than the price of a wagon of coal the mine will lose its death record. How often does the investigation show that the last determination to set up the post for safety, or take down slate, was really the forerunner of death, and the coveted wagon is often loaded by another hand, perhaps the one that had a few moments before carried the lifeless form of a brother miner from the treacherous pit to daylight. Many new improvements have been made in the Ninth District during the year, especially in the ventilation of the mines. Five new fans have re