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Joe E. Morris,
Fatally injured by coal and slate fall
ing on his leg, mashing it badly below the knee. Died the same evening. Instantly killed by a fall of coal and
while undermining it. Died six days
three hours after.
side of his room, it being open ended.
which let the whole top down to day
between the wagon and rib.
from above the roof coal.
TABLE No. 5.- List of non-fatal accidents that occurred in and about the Mines of the Ninth Bituminous Mine District,
for the year ending December 31, 1895.
Leg badly cut by wagon.
broken, the elbow being torn
wagon running on him while he was
coal machine cutter chain.
TENTH BITUMINOUS DISTRICT.
(HUNTING DON, BEDFORD, FULTON AND BLAIR COUNTIES, AND THOSE PARTS OF CLEARFIELD, CAMBRIA AND INDIANA COUNTIES LYING ADJACENT TO THE BELL'S GAP RAILROAD, AND THE PARTS OF CLEARFIELD, CENTRE AND CLINTON COUNTIES, LYING ADJACENT TO THE MAIN LINE OF THE BEECH CREEK RAILROAD.)
Altoona, March 2, 1896. Hon. James W. Latta, Secretary of Internal Affairs, Harrisburg, Pa.:
Sir: I have the honor herewith to submit the annual report as Inspector of Mines for the Tenth Bituminous District for the year ending December 31, 1895.
The number of mines in the district is 68, and the quantity of coal produced was 2,708,271 tons, the quantity shipped was 2,485,544 tons, the number of persons employed inside and outside was 5,098, the fatal accidents were 5, and the non-fatal accidents 25.
The number of fatal accidents is much greater than that of the preceding year, and on examining into the causes of them, it was found that four of them were attributable to falls of coal and roof, and those killed by falls of coal had neglected in each instance to set sprags while undermining the coal, and in two of the cases the coal had already been loosened by a previous shot, and in the other, there was a slip running tbrough the coal to the roof, while in the case of the man killed by fall of roof, he was negligent even to foolhardiness for he was repeatedly warned by his fellow workmen to come out of the place until the roof had settled, but he told them he knew when it was dangerous, and when to come out. The trapper boy who was killed, had disobeyed orders, and should not have been away from the door he was set to attend, and had no business to follow the driver up the heading.
It is sad to reflect on the above accidents which in every case could have been averted had each one taken the necessary precautions for his safety, and obeyed the rules laid down for his guidance,