Notes - The information in this page is mainly compiled from appendices to the reports of the Inspector of Mines and Collieries - William Alexander for the Western District of Scotland and Robert Williams for the Eastern District of Scotland. Additional details from the main body of the report are given where available. Many accidents are not listed in these reports and additional names have been added from newspaper reports and other sources - information not sourced from the mine inspectors reports is indicated by a shaded gray background
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|Year||Month||Day||Name of Colliery||Where situated||Owners name||Person(s) killed||Occupation||Age if given||Category of Accident||Cause of death|
|1861||January||4||James Liddell||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages[NB This accident is probably the same as listed under the inspectors report for 1860 - December 28 to Thomas Liddle]|
|1861||January||7||Shotts Iron Works||Wishaw||Shotts Iron Co||George Kerr||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of roof at face of workings||Newspaper Report|
|1861||January||17||Polkemmet||Bathgate||Shotts Iron Co||James Swan||Miner||Falls of roof||Fall of stone from roof||Newspaper report|
|1861||January||21||No 14 Whifflet||Lanarkshire||Robert Jenkins||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages|
|1861||January||30||Kerse||Patna||Wilsons & Co||William Wilson||Collier||50||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof at the face|
|1861||January||30||Omoa Iron Works||Motherwell||Robert Stewart||Thomas Murphy||Miner||Falls of roof||Fall of coal at face of workings|
|1861||February||2||Bridisholm||Baillieston||John Stewart & Co||Thomas King||Labourer||Above ground||Struck by handle of crane|
From Main body of report: At Bridisholm Baillieston on 2nd February, where a labourer was struck by the handle of a crane whilst assisting raising pump rods
|1861||February||2||Stanrigg||Airdrie||William Black||James Swan||Collier||Explosions||Explosion|
From Main body of report: February 2nd at Stanrigg, resulting in the death of one person, who went into an abandoned place of the working with a naked lamp
|1861||February||4||Arniston||Dalkeith||John Christie||Matthew Alexander||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal at face of workings|
|1861||February||4||Gartgill||Coatbridge||William Baird & Co||George Samuel||Collier||34||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: This accident happened in or near to the deceased's working-place, which he had been engaged driving forward to a "heading," not in course of extension.
It would appear that he had formed a connexion with the "heading" three or four days previous to the accident, and that shortly after this communication had been made the overman and fireman very injudiciously took out the brattice, by which the air had previously been carried to the extreme "rise" of the heading, and the result of this was, a small quantity of firedamp accumulated between the point where the deceased formed the connexion with the "heading" and the space to the "rise" of it.
The fireman explained that he had cautioned the deceased regarding this accumulation, and pointed out its range and the limit of safety. The result, however, proves the absurdity of attempting to work with an unprotected light in the immediate neighbourhood of fire-damp, and with no other protection than an imaginary line of safety formed by a current of air, changing with the varied conditions of the shaft and airways.
|Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages|
|1861||February||9||Thornton||Kilmarnock||Archibald Finnie||David Wallace||Sinker||35||In shafts||A seizing of the pipes gave way while the deceased was engaged connecting the column of pumps with a lodgement|
|1861||February||13||Dundonald||Dunfermline||James A Naismith||Henry Allan||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of stone from roof|
|1861||February||16||Milnwood||Holytown||John Christie||Robert Pattison||Collier||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: February 16th, at Milnwood, resulting in the death of two persons, who were working in the pit during the time the ventilating furnace was in course of being erected
|1861||February||18||Burnbrae||Airdrie||John Russell||John Mackay||Collier||Miscellaneous||Crushed by hutch coming up an incline|
From Main body of report: At Burnbrae, near Airdrie, on February 18th where one person was killed by a hutch coming up an incline
|Newspaper Report -New Monkland pages|
|1861||February||19||Stevenston||Holytown||Stevenston Coal Co||Alexander Roberts||Waggon driver||Above ground||Crushed by waggons|
From Main body of report: At Stevenson, near Holytown, where a young man was crushed by waggons on branch railway
|1861||February||27||Woodend||Bathgate||Coltness Iron Co||Alexander Weir||Miner||Falls of roof||Fall of stone||Newspaper report|
|1861||February||28||Eastfield||Rutherglen||Thos. G Buchanan||John Jackson||Drawer||14||In shafts||By falling down a blind shaft or staple||Newspaper report|
|1861||February||28||Garthamlock||Baillieston||James Panton||Daniel Martin||Collier||44||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof||Newspaper report|
|1861||March||1||Torbanhill||Bathgate||James Russell & Son||Thomas Chalmer||Pitheadman||In shafts||Falling down pit from surface||Newspaper report|
|1861||March||6||Braehead||Cumnock||William Baird & Co||John Copeland||Miner||21||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of ironstone|
|1861||March||6||Dixon||Cumnock||William Baird & Co||Patrick Monachan||Miner||27||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of ironstone|
|1861||March||8||Campsie Mine||Lennoxtown||Hurlet & Campsie Alum Co||John Bennie||Drawer||55||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||March||8||Dreghorn||Irvine||Archibald Kenneth||George Martin||Collier||34||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of coal|
|1861||March||9||Kinneil Iron Works||Bo'ness||William Wilson & Co||Owen Scully||Engine fireman||Above ground||Explosion of steam boiler|
From Main body of report: On March 9th, at Kinniel Iron Works, where an engine fireman was killed by the explosion of a steam-boiler
|1861||March||12||Stevenson||Holytown||Stevenson Coal Co||John Baird||Collier||Miscellaneous||Crushed by hutch where he was working at bottom of pit|
From Main body of report: At Stevenson, near Holytown, on 12th March, where a man was crushed by a hutch, where he was working at bottom of pit
|1861||March||21||Alloa||John Hunter||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Clackmannan pages|
|1861||March||22||Braehead||Cumnock||William Baird & Co||John Clark||Fire-boy||15||Ironstone mines above ground||Boiler bursting|
From Main body of report: The Procurator Fiscal in this case charged the engineman with culpable homicide, and with culpable violation or neglect of duty; he was tried at the Ayr Circuit Court in September last, by Lord Cowan and a jury, and after a careful examination of witnesses practically acquainted with the working and construction of boilers, and others who proved the state of the boilers and the previous working of them, the jury found the accused guilty as libelled, and his lordship sentenced him to six months' imprisonment.
|NB - The engineman was John Wyllie, age 24, Auchinleck, Ayrshire - source NAS catalogue|
|1861||March||29||Drummillan||Denny||William Baird & Co||Michael Campbell||Miner||55||Ironstone mines in shafts||By a fall of stone in a sinking pit|
|1861||March||30||Espieside||Coatbridge||William Baird & Co||Hugh Kay||Drawer||13||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of coal|
|1861||April||1||Portland||Kilmarnock||Portland Iron Co||William Kennedy||Bottomer||42||In shafts||Fall of materials in the shaft|
|1861||April||15||Abercorn||Paisley||Merry & Cunningham||Robert Richardson||Collier||21||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||April||16||Bartonholm No 2||Kilwinning||William Baird & Co||Samuel Carr||Drawer||14||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||April||17||Braehead||Baillieston||Charles Tennant & Co||Robert Clarkson||Drawer||12||Above ground||His cravat got entangled with the spindle of a screwing machine and caused strangulation|
From Main body of report: Occasioned by the deceased's cravat getting entangled with the revolving shaft of a small screwing machine, and causing strangulation.
The deceased was the son of the foreman of blacksmiths at the colliery, and he had been employed about the works, assisting in the smiths' shop and otherwise, for nearly 12 months. On the day of the accident he had been engaged screwing nuts at a small screwing machine, near to the workshops, driven by hand. There was no person close by him at the time the accident happened ; but it was evident from the state in which he was afterwards found that it had been occasioned by his cravat getting entangled with the spindle when it was revolving, and being wound round it, he had got stupefied or strangled before the impetus of the fly wheel could be controlled.
The machine is exceedingly simple in construction, easily worked, and entirely under the control of the person engaged at it.
|1861||April||19||Old Monkland area||Thomas Corkran||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages NB Newspaper gives name as Cockerall|
|1861||April||20||Townhill||Dunfermline||Andrew Christie||William Broggein||Bottomer||In shafts||Crushed betwixt cage and bottom of pit||Newspaper report|
|1861||April||22||Comrie||Condie Leitch Chalmers||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report|
|1861||April||27||Palacecraig||Airdrie||William Baird & Co||Owen Buttle||Brusher||29||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||April||30||Palace Craig No 2||Airdrie||William Baird & Co||Joseph Paterson||Fireman||29||Ironstone mines miscellaneous||Suffocated by going into a body of firedamp|
From Main body of report: Though the waste connected with this pit is extensive, the workings are now limited and nearly exhausted.
The deceased was fireman, and it would appear that on the morning of the accident he had discovered firedamp in one of the working places; in company with the oversman he had afterwards endeavoured to dislodge it, and restore the ventilation so as to allow the miners to go to their work.
The current of ventilation at this particular place was conducted in part along the face of the ironstone and partly out the drawing road. The firedamp lay along the face of the ironstone. Finding they could proceed only a short distance with a safety lamp, they had rashly attempted to travel a few yards in the dark, thinking there might be some interruption, easily removed, which prevented the ventilation from making its usual circuit along the " Cundie" leading back from the wall face.
The presumption is, that the deceased in attempting to travel round the air-course, was suffocated by inhaling the irrespirable gases ; and his body was found six hours afterwards, a short distance from where he had abandoned the safety lamp. The oversman was taken out in a state, of unconsciousness, but afterwards recovered.
|Newspaper Report -New Monkland pages|
|1861||April||30||Ranbogg||Airdrie||D & J Young||James Nelson||Collier||In shafts||Crushed by cage at bottom of pit|
|1861||May||6||Woodhill||Kilmarnock||Merry & Cunningham||James Stewart||Collier||22||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||May||8||Upper Wellwood||Muirkirk||William Baird & Co||George Loggie||Collier||16||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of coal|
|1861||May||11||Gauchland||Galston||Kinloch Gibb & Co||William Steven||Drawer||11||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of coal|
|1861||May||11||Stanrigg||Airdrie||William Black||Michael Gallaghan||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of stone from roof at face of working|
|1861||May||16||Greenbank||Dalry||Merry & Cunningham||John Ronalds||Drawer||33||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof|
|1861||May||16||Palace Craig No 3||Airdrie||William Baird & Co||James Miles||Miner||17||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of ironstone|
|1861||May||25||Townhill||Dunfermline||Andrew Christie||William Dow||Labourer||Above ground||Coming into contact with crank of pumping engine||Newspaper report|
|1861||June||6||Kilbirnie No 29||Dalry||Merry & Cunningham||John Douglas||Miner||33||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof|
|1861||June||10||Drumbathie||Airdrie||J & W Brown||Joseph Lochrin||Miner||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: June 10th, at Drumbathie, resulting in the death (about six weeks after the accident) of one person, who was working in the pit
|1861||June||19||Warrickhill||Dreghorn||Merry & Cunningham||William Spence||Collier||45||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages|
|1861||June||22||Bargeddie||Baillieston||Anderson & Young||William Gray||roadsman||35||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: I understand that the fireman on the morning of the accident had found the ventilation incomplete. Firedamp had accumulated in different parts of the working, and was not dislodged by the general ventilation.
The deceased and one of the miners named Kelly had commenced to "waff" out the firedamp which lay in one of these places ; and while in the act of doing so, either the firedamp which they were in the act of displacing, or gas which the fireman and a collier were clearing out in another part of the mine, a short distance back, came in contact with the deceased and Kelly's unprotected lights, which they had left at a supposed safe distance behind them.
According to the special rules of the colliery, it was the duty of the fireman to examine every working-place, before the workmen were allowed to enter; and "In case firedamp or other impure air shall be discovered in any working-place, road, or level, the fireman shall in the first instance clear the same of such impurity, if that can be done easily, and shall thereupon report to the colliers that the working-places are apparently safe ; but if the impurity cannot be readily or at once cleared out, the colliers shall not be permitted to enter any such working places, roads, or levels until the impure air shall have been by further appliances entirely dispelled," &c.
The pit or at least part of it, seems to have been in an unworkable state for want of ventilation and under the circumstances, it was clearly the duty of the fireman to prevent the workmen from entering it; but independent of this, it was reckless and absurd on his part to allow the deceased and a neighbouring workman to be engaged displacing firedamp in a "room" with their naked lights sitting behind them, while he and one of the colliers were forcing the firedamp from a working-place, a short distance back, right upon their unprotected lights.
The Procurator Fiscal charged the fireman with a contravention of the 21st special rule of the colliery; a sort of plea was raised, but which the court dealt with as a plea of guilty and after a suitable admonition a limited fine of 30s was imposed.
One of the owners of the colliery was next charged with a contravention of the first general rule of the statute 23 & 24 Vict. c. 151, in not providing an adequate amount of ventilation in the said pit on the occasion referred to; and after a protracted trial, Sheriff Logie, Airdrie, found the case proven, but limited the fine to £10. The agent for the defence lodged several objections, and the case has been appealed.
|1861||June||23||Lochgelly Iron Works||Dunfermline||Lochgelly Iron Co||Duncan Campbell||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1861||July||9||Eglinton||Kilwinning||Archibald Kenneth||Thomas Mackay||Drawer||13||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||July||11||Kinneil Iron Works||Bo'ness||William Wilson & Co||James Stones||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal from face of workings|
|1861||July||16||Kelvinside||Glasgow||Montgomery & Fleming||Alexander Aitken||Miner||47||Miscellaneous||Inundation from an adjoining waste|
From Main body of report: This unfortunate occurrence was occasioned by an irruption of water from an abandoned waste, forming part of the same colliery (old Sheep-mount pit, abandoned for the last 12 years), and lying near to the going works.
The workings from the " upper doors" of the new Sheep-mount pit were principally confined to a dook west of the slip marked 27 feet down to west, and the only extension from the " lower doors" was the stone mine. Aitken, one of the deceased, and a man named Develin worked in the stone mine (situated about three fathoms below the "upper doors"). It appears that shortly before the accident they had been blasting, and on discovering that an excess of water was rushing through the openings and crevices in the rock at the face of the mine, they had abandoned their work, and were in the act of being raised by the engine, when, unfortunately, a "hutch," which had been standing near to the pit bottom, was driven by the force of the water between the cage and the side of the shaft, and for sometime prevented the cage being raised. Develin scrambled on to the cover of the cage, and kept himself above the water, and was rescued; but Aitken appears to have got jammed between the "hutch" and the cage, and. must have been drowned in a few moments after. The water rose rapidly in the shaft, closing up the entrance into the " upper doors".
At this time only four persons were engaged in the workings leading off at the " upper doors." They soon discovered their helpless situation, and after being inclosed 112 hours, three of them were safely rescued. It is uncertain whether the boy Fagan was drowned at the pit bottom, by the water closing in upon him unexpectedly, or that in attempting to reach it, he had got entangled with some projecting part of the mine, which cut off or retarded his retreat.
The workings from the old Sheep-mount pit were known to be standing full of water. In nearing this dangerous accumulation it does not appear that the underground manager took the usual and necessary precaution of surveying the mine to know its relative position to these works, or of causing boreholes to be made, as provided by the 15th general rule of the Mine Inspection Act, which, under the circumstances, he was bound to do.
The Procurator Fiscal charged the underground manager with culpable homicide in neglecting to adopt due precautions to prevent the flooding of the workings. The case was tried at the Glasgow Autumn Circuit Court, before the Lord Justice Clerk and a jury. After a lengthened trial the jury found the accused guilty as libelled ; but in respect of his good character, they strongly recommended him to the leniency of the Court.
In passing sentence, the Lord Justice Clerk said, " It was painful to him to have to deal with a charge of such a kind against a person who occupied the position of the manager of a coal work, and, above all, against one who previous to the unfortunate occurrence bore a very excellent character. Unfortunately, his duty left him no alternative but to pronounce such a sentence as would sufficiently mark the sense which the Court entertained of the offence. However, believing that the failure of the panel to do his duty was merely the result of thoughtlessness, and was not intentional; and that notwithstanding the apparently reckless manner in which the work was conducted, the panel believed it possible to carry it through without serious consequences. It was because he (his lordship) believed that, and because the sentence he would pronounce, without being severe, would operate as a warning to the panel at all times, and would show the public that the lives of persons in employment were not to be trifled with, that he would restrict the sentence to four months imprisonment."
|NB Manager charged with culpable homicide was Alexander Laird, age 36, coal pit manager, address: Bellshaugh, Govan - source NAS catalogue Newspaper report|
|1861||July||17||Hopeton||Bathgate||James Russell & Sons||Alex. Stevenson||Engine keeper||Above ground||Coming into contact with gearing of pumping engine|
|1861||July||19||Lumphinnans||Dunfermline||Trustees of Alex Christie||James Hunter||Collier||In shafts||Falling off cage whilst ascending shaft|
|1861||July||25||Newbattle||Dalkeith||Marquis of Lothian||James Robertson||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal from face of working|
|1861||August||1||Stevenson||Stevenson||Merry & Cunningham||Robert Wilson||Pitheadman||23||In shafts||Fell down the shaft when foolishly attempting to cross it on a plank|
|1861||August||3||Enterkine||Ayr||J T Gordon||John Stewart||Pitheadman||23||Above ground||Getting entangled with the pumping crank of an engine|
|1861||August||7||Dykehead||Hamilton||Wilsons & Co||McLeod Neilson (actually Glaude Neilson||Collier||Miscellaneous||Woodwork of pit taking fire which deranged the ventilation|
From Main body of report: At Dykehead near Hamilton, on 7th August; this accident, which resulted in the deaths of 13 persons, was caused by the brattice, woodwork, and framing of the shaft taking fire by coming in contact with a spark, it is supposed, from the ventilating furnace; there were 50 men and boys in the pit at the time this accident occurred, of whom 37 were got out alive, 12 were suffocated, and one died a few days after.
|Newspaper report - Dykehead 1861 page|
|1861||August||8||Drummillan||Denny||William Baird & Co||George McCaully||Miner||18||Ironstone mines miscellaneous||Inundation from an old waste|
From Main body of report: The old workings to the "rise" of this pit had been proved in part by an adjoining working; they were found dry ; it was known however that a small portion of the waste, connected with these old works lay to the "dip" of this. There were no plans of the old waste, but the situation of the pit, the range of level course from it, and other details, could have been obtained, near enough for all practical purposes.
The accident was occasioned by one of the walls being driven through upon the old workings at the extreme dip, and where a quantity of water had lodged.
|1861||August||9||Polkemmet||Bathgate||Shotts Iron Co||Alexander Bell||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of roof|
|1861||August||19||Hurlford||Kilmarnock||Allan Gilmour & Co||Allan Syme||Collier||32||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||August||22||Redding||Falkirk||James Russell & Co||W McKenzie||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of stone||Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages|
|1861||August||23||Possil||Glasgow||Wilsons & Co||John Craig||Miner||23||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of ironstone|
|1861||August||23||Towerlands||Irvine||John Watt||Andrew Strachan||----||14||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||August||24||Possil||Alexander Bunton||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report|
|1861||August||24||Alloa||Alloa||Alloa Coal Co||Andrew Hunter||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of stone at working||Newspaper report - Clackmannan pages|
|1861||August||27||Titwood||Pollokshaws||Sir John Maxwell||John Cumming||Collier||45||In shafts||Walked into the shaft unknowingly from the surface|
From Main body of report: The deceased was a collier, and on the day of the accident I understand that he had gone to his work at the usual hour; but after remaining below for a short time he had requested to be taken up, and on leaving the cage at the surface in the usual way, instead of going from the pit, he had unknowingly turned and walked in to the contrary side, from which he was drawn up, and fell to the bottom.
Moveable fences, worked by the cages, are now being slowly introduced ; I have frequently drawn attention to them; they are simple and inexpensive, and well adapted to prevent shaft accidents of a similar description.
|1861||August||27||Westmuir||Glasgow||Robt. Gray & Co||Charles Findlay||----||15||Above ground||Got crushed by the beam of the pumping engine|
|1861||September||3||Coltness Iron Works||Wishaw||Coltness Iron Co||James Kennedy||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal|
|1861||September||7||Fordell||Dunfermline||J W & M Henderson||Joseph Snadden||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1861||September||17||Gartgill||Coatbridge||William Baird & Co||Robert Henan||Collier||46||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of coal|
|1861||September||26||Gartsherrie||Coatbridge||William Baird & Co||James McGaffery||Collier||40||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: The sufferer in this case had on the day of the accident left his own working place and gone into a neighbouring workman's room. I understand that he remained there for a short time, eating his bread, and on returning went unknowingly into an intervening place, not in actual course of working and extension and there ignited a quantity of firedamp which had collected in it.
It does not appear that the working part of this colliery were badly ventilated, but it was known to those entrusted with the management that the place not in actual course of extension, and where the accident happened, contained-firedamp.
It was stated that the oversman had placed, on edge, a board across the pavement of the place to prevent any person from going into it ; such a precaution might in many cases have had the desired effect; but the result shows it was no fence, and if a proper fence had been constructed, say of two wooden rails, placed securely across the entrance, at eighteen inches and three feet from the pavement, it is reasonable to suppose that this unfortunate occurrence would have been prevented.
|1861||October||1||Braehead||Baillieston||Charles Tennant & Co||John McEman||Brusher||Falls of roof||Fall of stone|
|1861||October||11||Railway line at Ayr colliery||Mary Cullibert||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages|
|1861||October||17||Bonnyton||Kilmarnock||Merry & Cunningham||William Lindsay||Collier||45||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||October||17||Govan||Glasgow||William S Dixon||Thomas Dick||Collier||33||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||October||28||Alloa||Alloa||Alloa Coal Co||Joseph Patterson||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal at face of workings||Newspaper report - Clackmannan pages|
|1861||October||31||Faskine||Airdrie||William Baird & Co||John McIlvane||Bottomer||46||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fell from a mid-working|
From Main body of report: There are two seams of ironstone in this pit, the upper at 12 fathoms from the surface, and the lower at 40 fathoms. The deceased was bottomer in the upper seam, and it was his duty to put the hutches upon the cage, and to make the necessary signals. On the day of the accident, the bottomer had placed a loaded hutch on the cage and made the necessary signals for having it drawn up; when shortly after, he pushed forward another full hutch without taking the precaution to know whether the cage had been returned, and fell with it to the bottom of the shaft.
|1861||October||31||Redding||Falkirk||James Russell & Co||Gilbert Stewart||roadsman||Falls of roof||Fall of stone from roof||Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages|
|1861||November||2||Dysart||Dysart||Earl of Rosslyn||James Paton||Pitheadman||In shafts||Falling down pit from surface||Newspaper report|
|1861||November||9||No. 4 Pit Grange||Andrew Taylor||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Lothian pages|
|1861||November||12||Drummore||Musselburgh||John Deans||Alex. Levenson||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Lothian pages|
|1861||November||12||Todhill||Dalry||William Baird & Co||William Sharpe||Drawer||46||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fell from a mid-working|
From Main body of report: In consequence of a dislocation near to the bottom of the pit there are two loading places, the upper being 5 1/2 fathoms above the other.
The deceased was a drawer, and as the works were near to the pit bottom, and merely preparatory, he drew from both mines. On the day of the accident he had gone in to the high mine to clear away the stuff which had accumulated in his absence; it was only a few yards off' the shaft, and it would appear that during the time he had been engaged filling his hutch, the cage had been lowered back to the bottom. On returning with the loaded hutch to the cage, he had not taken the precaution to observe whether it still remained at that level, and pushing forward, he fell with it to the bottom.
Where seams are worked in a shaft at different levels, and where it is sometimes difficult to regulate the quantity from each, it may be convenient to keep the ropes winding both from the bottom. The practice however, is always attended with a certain amount of danger; and in cases where it cannot be avoided, the suggestions referred to in accident No. 35 (December 12, Craigie, Ayr ) might be advantageously practised.
|1861||November||17||Braehead||Baillieston||Charles Tennant & Co||John Lyle||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of roof||According to Newsaer reort,death occurred 7 Oct 1861 Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages|
|1861||November||19||No, 11 Pit, Drumpeller Colliery||Matthew Somerville||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages See article listed under 13 September 1859|
|1861||November||29||Stonelaw||Rutherglen||John R Reid||James McJones||Collier||61||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of coal|
|1861||December||4||Carnbroe Iron Works||Coatbridge||Merry & Cunningham||John Robertson||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages|
|1861||December||5||East Thornton||Kilmarnock||Archibald Finnie||Daniel Frew||Fireman||24||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: The deceased was a fireman ; it does not appear that he had on any occasion neglected to examine the mines in the morning before the workmen were allowed to enter to their work; but on the day of the accident, and during the working hours, he had gone into a heading not in actual course of extension at the time, and known to contain a small quantity of fire-damp, with his naked light, and caused a slight explosion, by which he was burned, and died from the effects of it a few days after.
|1861||December||5||Heathery Knowe||Baillieston||Blochairn Iron Co||John Waller||Sinker||40||In shafts||A stone fell from the side of the shaft||Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages|
|1861||December||9||Campsie Mine||Lennoxtown||Hurlet & Campsie Alum Co||William Gallacher||Collier||44||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of coal|
|1861||December||12||Craigie||Ayr||Robert Brown||George Dunlop||Collier||60||In shafts||By a hutch falling down the shaft from an upper working|
From Main body of report: There are two seams of coal at present being worked in this pit. The first at 15 fathoms from the surface, and the second at 51 fathoms. The cages work both to the pit-bottom, and when coals require to be put on at the upper seam a signal is made to the surface, and the cage is rested on "folding boards" constructed for that purpose.
I understand that, on the day of the accident a drawer, who was engaged to put on the coal at the upper level, had been taking a full hutch towards the shaft, when he either pushed it too far or otherwise allowed it to run into the shaft, where the deceased and three workmen were being drawn up from the lower level on the cage.
There was a check-gate and trap-door near to the shaft at this mid-working, and placed on the road along which the full hutches required to be drawn. If these had been kept shut it is difficult to understand how such an accident could have happened. Mid-workings, however, are always attended with a certain amount of such risk, and the only way to get rid of it is to set apart so much time during each day for drawing the coals from mid-workings, taking care that a grated moveable scaffold is placed over the pit at the time, close enough to prevent any person from falling through it; or to fix a scaffold at the required level, and provide a rope for the sole use of the workmen there engaged.
|NB Thomas Fitzpatrick, married, age 22, drawer, address Wallace Street or Kilmarnock Street, Wallacetown, St Quivox was charged with culpable homicide, and culpable violation, or neglect of duty in connection with this accident - source NAS catalogue|
|1861||December||24||Grange||Bo'ness||Henry Cadell||William Kindred||Workman||Miscellaneous||Struck by racket wheel of windlass|
From Main body of report: On 24th December, at Grange, Bo'ness, where a man was struck by the crank-wheel of windlass
|1861||December||27||Bartonholm No 3||Kilwinning||William Baird & Co||Charles George||Collier||60||Falls of roof and coal||Fall of roof|
|1861||December||31||Coltness Iron Works||Motherwell||Coltness Iron Co||Patrick O'Donnell||Collier||Falls of roof||Fall of coal from face of working||Newspaper Report|