|(Catalogue ref: HO 87/53)
It is hardly surprising from the report that there should be so many
deaths amongst boys working in the mine because of the different jobs
There are not many accidents in the shafts considering how deep
they are and the speed at which the cages travel up and down. This
shows how well the equipment is operated and looked after and the
value of the laws introduced to limit the number of miners being
pulled up at a time.
Deaths caused by falls of coal and stone are few, considering the
depth of the mines and the use of wooden props to support the roof
whilst the coal is removed. The mine owners must be praised for
making sure that there is specific person responsible for getting
the wood and putting up the props, instead of leaving it to the
miners, as in other parts of the country.