This table is compiled from appendices to the reports of the Inspector of Mines and Collieries - William Alexander for the Western District of Scotland and Ralph Moore 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||Extra Details|
|1864||January||2||Braehead No 5||Lugar||W Baird & Co||Redman Cannan||Miner||36||Ironstone mines in shafts||Fell into the shaft while in a state of intoxication|
From Main body of report: It appears that the pit had been stopped at the new year holidays, for the purpose of making alterations; and the tools employed below ground had been sent up, so as to enable the workmen to get employed elsewhere.
The deceased, on the day of the accident, had gone to the pit in a state of intoxication, it is supposed for the purpose of removing his tools, and while attempting to cross the shaft to get into the engine-house he missed his footing, and fell to the bottom, a distance of 86 fathoms.
|Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages|
|1864||January||4||Gartshore No 4||Kilsyth||W Baird & Co||Robert Howieson||Engineman||32||Ironstone mines above ground||Crushed between the engine seat and a back balance|
|1864||January||15||Newlands||Lanarkshire||Charles Tennant & Co||John Millar||Collier||--||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: There has been one fatal explosion. It occurred at Newlands Colliery, by two men going into the face of a place which was driven 10 yards up the "vees" of a hitch, to "chap" or signal to some workmen on the opposite side, who were driving a mine towards it. The "place" was neither fenced off, in terms of the second general rule, nor ventilated, in terms of the first, but contained some fire-damp which exploded at the light of one of the men, burned both, - one fatally, the other slightly.
|1864||January||16||Stonecraigs No 3 pit||Lanarkshire||Coltness Iron Co||James Bowes||Drawer||26||Falls of roof||He was waiting for a loaded hutch at the colliers wall face in splint coal|
|1864||January||16||Wellwood No 1 pit||Muirkirk||William Baird & Co||Andrew Steel||Collier||56||Miscellaneous||By the breakage of an incline rope while riding in the hutches attached to it, contrary to orders|
From Main body of report: The seams being worked at this colliery are situated to the "dip" of the pit. The main drawing road driven to the dip is formed in the lowest seam. The deceased, father and son, worked in this seam. It appears that on the morning of the accident they had gone in to a train of hutches about to be lowered upon the incline above described. They had advanced only a short distance when the wire rope, to which the hutches were connected, suddenly broke, and they were precipitated towards the bottom of the dook, and dashed with violence against the timber placed along the sides of it.
The rope in this case was employed wholly for winding coals and at the part where it broke was considerably worn.
There was a roadway, distinct from the incline, for the workmen to travel upon, and it was contrary to the regulations of the colliery for any one to ride in the hutches.
|1864||January||23||Gartshore No 7||Kilsyth||W Baird & Co||Patrick Gallacher||windlassman||25||Ironstone mines in shafts||Fell down the shaft|
|1864||January||27||Nackerty||Lanarkshire||Provanhall Coal Co||John Dennison||Collier||--||Falls of roof||About 40 square yards of Pyotshaw coal fell unexpectedly on him while working at it|
|1864||January||28||Bredisholm||Baillieston||John Young||Michael Ward||Collier||39||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1864||January||31||Comrie||Perth||Forth Iron Co||Robert Duncan||Miner||--||Ironstone mines in shafts||His foot got entangled in a chain which was being run out, and his leg was taken off. He died 3 days afterwards|
|1864||February||3||Colinshields||Linlithgow||Shotts Iron Co||James Finlay||Miner||22||Ironstone mines falls of roof||Fall of roof at face||Newspaper report|
|1864||February||5||Capeldrae||Fife||Robert Aytown||D McLiesh||Pumper||19||Miscellaneous||Fell down incline||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1864||February||7||Wellwood||Fife||Thomas Spowart & Co||John Bewick||Collier||40||In shafts||Crushed by cage||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1864||February||10||Coltness||Lanarkshire||A G Simpson||James Forfar||Collier||39||Falls of roof||Fall of main coal while taking out pillars|
|1864||February||13||Kellie||Fife||Livingston & Co||George Lang||Collier||43||In shafts||Fell out of kettle while ascending pit||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1864||February||20||Stevenson||Stevenson||Merry & Cunningham||David Niven||Engineer||45||In shafts||By a column of steam jet pipes falling away upon him in the shaft while engaged securing them|
|1864||March||8||Govan No 5||Glasgow||W S Dixon||William Keith||Collier||40||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of coal||Newspaper Report - Lanarkshire pages|
|1864||March||8||Rochsolloch||Lanarkshire||George Cowie||Thomas Welsh||Collier||35||Falls of roof||Fall of coal in Kiltongue seam|
|1864||March||9||Hillhead No 3||Kilmarnock||John Gilmour & Co||Peter Whyte||Bottomer||45||In shafts||Fell from a mid working in consequence of the cage having been removed without a signal|
|1864||March||10||Gauchalland No 4||Galston||Gauchalland Coal Co||Joseph Linton||Sinker||50||In shafts||Fell down the pit, which was in the act of being sunk, by the scaffold giving way|
From Main body of report: The deceased was a sinker, and on the morning of the accident he and three other workmen commenced their shift in the usual way. On being lowered to the pit bottom they discovered that the scaffold, worked by a crane from the surface, and on which the repairs, &c., in the shaft were made, had got damaged, it was supposed by blasting during the preceding night. Towards the close of the shift it was found necessary to overhaul the pumps, when instead of sending the broken scaffold away to be repaired before being used, or otherwise providing something secure to stand upon, two of them thoughtlessly got on to it, and were drawn up the shaft, when, shortly after, the connection at one side of it gave way, the deceased lost his footing, and fell to the bottom a distance of 60 feet or thereby.
Judging from the shattered appearance of the scaffold, at the time of my examination, it must have been unfit for use; and it is difficult to conceive how men accustomed to pit work could have been so indifferent as to trust themselves upon so insecure an erection.
|1864||March||16||Pather||Lanarkshire||Boyd & Spencer||William Henderson||Trimmer||13||Above ground||Fell in before waggons||Newspaper Report - Lanarkshire pages|
|1864||April||2||Braidwood Meadow Pit||James Chalmers||Not listed in report||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper Report - Lanarkshire pages|
|1864||April||7||Garriongill||Lanarkshire||Coltness Iron Co||John Munro||Collier||19||Falls of roof||Fall of roof in splint coal|
|1864||April||11||Balgonie||Fife||Charles Balfour||John Hutcheson||Collier||18||Falls of roof||Fall at face of head coal||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1864||April||16||Carnbroe No 8||Lanarkshire||Merry & Cunningham||R McWhinnie||Collier||45||Falls of roof||Fall at face, splint coal|
|1864||April||20||Croy No 1||Kilsyth||W Baird & Co||James McGilchrist||Miner||27||Ironstone mines miscellaneous||Accidental discharge of a shot while engaged stemming it|
From Main body of report: The deceased had along with his neighbour been engaged preparing to blast. They had formed a borehole, and charged it with the usual quantity of gunpowder, and while ramming it the powder was accidentally ignited. The unfortunate sufferer received the contents of the shot right in his face.
This description of accident is of frequent occurrence, and as long as iron needles and stemmers are used it will continue to happen.
|1864||April||25||Heather Bell Pit, Crofthead||William McKinley||Not listed in report||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Lothian accidents|
|1864||April||25||Blackbraes||Sterling||James Russell & Son||James Marshal||Collier||--||Falls of roof||Fall at face, splint coal||Newspaper report- Stirlingshire pages|
|1864||April||26||Comrie No 16 pit||Perth||Forth Iron Co||David Crichton||Roadsman||--||Ironstone mines in shafts||Jammed by cage while repairing shaft|
|1864||April||29||Loanhead||James Young||Not listed in report||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Lothian accidents|
|1864||April||30||Penston||Haddington||John Deans jun||George McCulloch||Collier||22||Falls of roof||Fall of brushing (roof) at face|
|1864||May||5||Carnachan No 2||Patna||Dalmellington Iron Co||David Bennie||Collier||20||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of coal|
|1864||May||18||Motherwell||Hugh Boag||Not listed in report||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper Report|
|1864||May||21||Portland No 5||Hurlford||William Baird & Co||James McCartney||Collier||17||In shafts||By falling down the shaft from a mid working|
From Main body of report: There were two seams of coal being worked in this shaft. The upper at 46 fathoms and the lower at 66 fathoms. The cages were raised from and lowered to the lower seam, but it was the practice when a hutch required to be raised from the upper seam that a signal was made to the engineman to stop the cage at it.
It appears that the deceased, who worked in the upper seam, had made the necessary signals in this case. There was no person along with him at the time, but it was found that the cage had accordingly been raised and rested at the level of the (major) upper seam, and he had removed the empty hutch which was upon it. However in returning with his full hutch to place it upon the cage, he had inadvertently pushed it in to the wrong division of the shaft, instead of the one where the cage was rested, and fell down with it to the bottom, a distance of 20 fathoms.
It is always dangerous to send away materials from a midworking, where, as in the present case, there is no scaffold to prevent persons or hutches from falling, and under such circumstances the safe way is to arrange a scaffold over one of the divisions of the shaft at the upper or midworking, leaving the other open but fenced off so as to prevent any person from unknowingly passing in to it.
There were gates on the pit at the upper seam, but there was no particular person to look after them.
|1864||May||24||Stevenson||Stevenson||Merry & Cunningham||Philip Cairns||Redsman||30||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof|
|1864||May||25||Coney Park||Kilsyth||John Barr||Patrick Samson||Sinker||34||In shafts||By a piece of wood falling upon him in the shaft|
|1864||May||27||Fergushill No 19||Kilwinning||Archibald Finnie||Peter Stewart||Collier||38||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof|
|1864||May||27||Govan No 4||Glasgow||W S Dixon||John Muir||Sinker||26||In shafts||By a scaffold falling upon him in the shaft|
|1864||June||4||Fergushill No 17||Kilwinning||Archibald Finnie||John Richmond||Oversman||42||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof (in air course)|
|1864||June||4||Hurlford No 12||Hurlford||Allan Gilmour & Co||John Ross||Roadsman||58||In shafts||Crushed between the cage and the shaft|
From Main body of report: The deceased was a roadsman, and I understand that on the morning of the accident he and other two workmen were lowered to the level of the upper seam. His neighbours went off there, and he caused the usual intimation to be made to the surface for the purpose of having the cage lowered to the major or mid seam, where it is supposed he intended to go off.
It is conjectured that the cage had not been lowered quite far enough to enable him to pass off in the usual way, and that he had been in the act of attempting to get out of the cage by the end of the shaft, when it was raised, and he was crushed between it and the woodwork placed there.
In this case there was a direct violation of the special rules. There were two actions raised by the Procurator Fiscal. The pitheadman, for neglect of duty (not being in attendance when the shift commenced), was sentenced by the Sheriff to 10 days' imprisonment, or pay a fine of 20s. ; but the second case is still before the court.
|1864||June||11||Alloa||Clackmannan||Alloa Coal Co||Thomas Sneddon||----||25||Falls of roof||Fall of coal at face||Newspaper report - Clackmannan pages|
|1864||June||11||Bargeddie No 1||Baillieston||Bargeddie Coal Co||James Inglis||Collier||38||In shafts||Fell off a bunting into the shaft while engaged taking the pumps out of it|
|1864||June||16||Overtown||Lanarkshire||James Tait||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1864||June||17||Greenbank||Dalry||Merry & Cunningham||Patrick Fagans||Miner||48||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1864||June||28||Westmuir||Glasgow||Robert Gray & Co||Samuel Owens||Roadsman||28||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof at the face (while redding)||Newspaper Report|
|1864||June||29||Eastfield||Rutherglen||T G Buchanan||William Rodger||Collier||38||Miscellaneous||Explosion of gunpowder (by going hurriedly in to a shot which had hung fire)|
|1864||July||2||Cleland No 39 pit||Lanarkshire||Robert Stewart||Thomas Cassidy||Drawer||35||Miscellaneous||A hutch from a higher level ran over him while he was going out with a loaded hutch||Newspaper report - Bothwell pages|
|1864||July||4||Cleland No 3 pit||Lanarkshire||William Dixon||H Kennedy||Drawer||12||Falls of roof||Fall of coal (working with his father)|
|1864||July||4||Knightswood No 9||Maryhill||Wilsons & Co||John Scott||Miner||38||Ironstone mines explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: This accident happened in one of the usual working places of the mine. It appears that a small quantity of fire-damp lodged occasionally in the roof of the wall, and at the head of the roadway leading in to it.
Contrary to the special rules of the colliery, the deceased, who worked in this place, had been in the habit of waffing out the fire-damp when it was known to exist. And on the morning of the accident I understand that he and his neighbour had been engaged driving it out, and along the face, when the workmen employed in the adjoining wall ignited the fire-damp on passing in to their work.
It seems that the fireman had examined the place in the morning, he knew of the fire-damp, and acquainted the deceased and his neighbour as to the extent of it.
By rule 21 of the special rules, it was his duty to see that the places were in a fit state for working in before allowing the workmen to enter.
|1864||July||6||Eastfield||Rutherglen||T G Buchanan||Thomas Conway||redsman||24||In shafts||Fall of a stone from the side of the shaft|
|1864||July||9||Common No 2||Cumnock||W Baird & Co||John Currants||Miner||40||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1864||July||15||Bogleshole No 2||Tollcross||Colin Dunlop & Co||Archd McArthur||Fireman||35||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp (while examining the workings with an unprotected light)|
From Main body of report: The deceased was night fireman, and it was his duty to examine the works before the workmen were allowed to enter. It appears that on the evening of the accident he had descended the shaft, and in the course of his examination ignited a quantity of fire-damp, by which he was severely injured and died from the effects of it.
It was understood that the unfortunate sufferer had in this case been making a hurried examination with a naked light when the explosion took place.
|1864||July||16||Cumnock||Ayrshire||Andrew McMeckin||Iron Miner||26||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors
Injuries resulting from a fall of stone from the roof of an ironstone pit
|With thanks to Kay McMeekin for this information|
|1864||July||18||Elderslie Ironstone Pit||Renfrewshire||Hugh Allan||30||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report. Explosion of fire damp||With thanks to an anonymous contributor for this information|
|1864||July||23||Fernigare||Lanarkshire||Fernigare Coal Co||John Gilchrist||Labourer||64||Above ground||Killed by crane handle, crane ran amain||Newspaper report - Hamilton pages|
|1864||July||23||Kerse No 1||Patna||Wilsons & Co||Ch. McHutcheson||Miner||35||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of ironstone||Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages|
|1864||July||29||Coats No 3||Coatbridge||William Baird & Co||James Morgan||Collier||40||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: At the time of the accident the deceased was engaged taking out a pillar of coal situated at a short distance from the bottom of the shaft.
I understand that he had worked for three hours previous to the accident, and that the place had been free of fire-damp when he commenced.
The waste was limited and fairly ventilated.
I was of opinion that the gas which caused the explosion had been secreted in a high part of the broken roof, beyond the point where the deceased was engaged, unknown to anyone, and was dislodged by a fall of roof in some part of the exhausted waste, and in that way forced into contact with his naked or unprotected light.
|1864||August||1||Britton pit||Coatbridge||W D Dixon||Robert Duncan||Collier||34||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: This accident happened in the lower or Kiltongue seam. The workings were limited, being confined to two levels and a pair of headings.
The headings were principally worked for the purpose of forming a communication with a "rise" pit, to meet the requirements of the Act 25 & 26 Vict. c.79.
According to the special rules of the colliery, it was the duty of the fireman to descend the shaft and examine the working places before the colliers were allowed to proceed to their work.
It appears that he had gone down the pit on the morning of the accident, and examined the levels, but according to some arrangement which had been made with two men who contracted to drive the headings, his examination did not extend to these places ; that is, they had agreed to examine the headings for fire-damp to suit themselves.
Such an arrangement, though apparently not insecure, has been often proved objectionable, and the present case is a very fair illustration.
The fireman (Love) examined the two levels, but did not proceed into the headings, because the contractors were expected to inspect these places for themselves. The contractors arrived soon after the fireman, and I understand that one of them went into the west heading with an unprotected light (the safety-lamp which he should have used was found after the explosion lying in the case) and there ignited a quantity of fire-damp, by which an intense explosion was produced, resulting in the death of three persons, and serious injury to others.
If (Sneddon) the person who contracted to drive the headings, had taken the precaution to examine them with a safety-lamp, the accident would not have happened; but it is well known that workmen, perhaps little accustomed to the use of safety-lamps, are apt to act incautiously, and they should not be intrusted with such an important duty ; for in making an improper examination, it may be of only a single place, they not only expose themselves to danger, but others who have no control over them.
The special rules admit of no such modification, and it would be absurd to allow the regulations established for the general safety, to be set aside at pleasure. If such a practice was admitted, it would be equally safe in a pit where a number of workmen were employed, to make each collier his own fireman, and this would only be carrying out, on a more extensive scale, the system which appears to have been acted upon on this occasion.
It is of the utmost importance to those who work in mines, that the regulations relating to fire-damp should be strictly adhered to, and that every working-place should be carefully examined in the morning before the workmen are lowered into the mine at all.
|1864||August||4||Hillhead No 1||Kilmarnock||John Gilmour & Co||John Guthrie||Bottomer||64||In shafts||By getting in contact with the cage when in motion|
|1864||August||5||Auchinbee No 1||Kilsyth||W Baird & Co||William Samson||Sinker||45||Ironstone mines in shafts||Fell out of a sinking kettle|
|1864||August||8||Penston||Haddington||John Deans jun||N Jamieson||Collier||20||In shafts||Fell off a vertical ladder while descending a pit 19 fathoms deep|
|1864||August||15||Lockside No 1||Kilbirnie||Merry & Cunningham||Barney Dowans||Trapper||10||Ironstone mines miscellaneous||Run over by a race of hutches|
From Main body of report: The deceased was a mere child, 10 years of age, and it was his duty to open a door placed upon an engine plane to allow the passage of empty and loaded hutches.
It appears that at the time of the accident he had either left the door or the place where he usually remained, while the train of hutches was passing, and getting entangled with the rope or hutches, received injuries which caused death soon after.
|1864||August||15||Merryton||Lanarkshire||Brand & Cochrane||Dun Fleming||Roadsman||34||Falls of roof||Killed by a fall of roof while repairing horse road||Newspaper report - Dalserf pages (NB Date was actually 19 August)|
|1864||August||15||Morningside||Lanarkshire||James Bennie||George Lindsay||Collier||32||Falls of roof||Fall of roof at face||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1864||August||20||Tigethaugh No 4||Denny||W Baird & Co||Michael Giffin||Boy||13||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof at the face|
|1864||August||29||Wemyss||Fife||H E Wemyss||R Scott||Collier||44||Falls of roof||Fall of coal||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1864||August||30||Corseford||Johnstone||Trustees of the late Mr Houston||Alexander McNab||Collier||16||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of coal at face|
|1864||August||30||Sunnyside||Lanarkshire||Archibald Russell||Robert Smith||Drawer||15||Falls of roof||Fall of Pyotshaw coal|
|1864||September||12||Dalquharran||Maybole||T F Kennedy||John McMurray||Collier||42||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of coal while robeing a pillar contrary to the rules of the colliery|
|1864||September||13||Overton||Lanarkshire||John Wilson||Robert Lennox||Collier||13||Falls of roof||Fall of coal (worked with his father)||A boy working with his father Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1864||September||24||Knightswood No 9||Maryhill||Wilsons & Co||Wm Callichan||Contractor||38||Ironstone mines miscellaneous||Received injuries while blasting by a piece of stone|
From Main body of report: This accident happened while the deceased, contractor of a stone mine, was in the act of blasting. I understand that after igniting the match, he and the workmen engaged with him, retired for protection to a partial recess in the side of the mine, about 50 yards distant. But, unfortunately, part of the rock, displaced by the blast, was driven right out of the mine in the direction of the deceased, and coming in contact with him caused injuries which instantly proved fatal.
|1864||September||27||Comrie No 16 pit||Perth||Forth Iron Co||James Glavin||Driver||14||Ironstone mines miscellaneous||Crushed by hutches|
|1864||September||30||Rosehall No 5||Coatbridge||Addie & Miller||Alexander Underwood||Pumper||57||In shafts||By attempting to get into the cage at the pit-bottom without giving the proper signal||Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages|
|1864||October||12||Hurlford||Hurlford||John Howie||John Carrel||Oversman||27||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of coal|
|1864||October||17||Craigie||Ayr||Robert Brown||James Ferguson||Collier||60||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1864||October||21||Ashyard||Hurlford||Eaglesham & Dunlop||William McTaggart||Collier||22||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1864||October||22||Rosehall No 10||Coatbridge||Addie & Miller||Michael Gatton||Brusher||40||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof in an old stow road||Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages|
|1864||October||29||Skellyton||Lanarkshire||Hamilton & McCulloch||George Arbuckle||Collier||25||Falls of roof||Fall of top coal||Newspaper report - Dalserf pages (NB Actually died 25 October)|
|1864||October||31||Preston Grange||Haddington||Sir G Grant Suttie||Thomas Gordon||Collier||12||Falls of roof||Fall of coal|
From Main body of report: A boy working with his father
|1864||October||--||Barbauchlau||Linlithgow||Monkland Iron Co||James Weir||Miner||59||Ironstone mines falls of roof||Fall of stone at face|
|1864||November||3||Redding||Stirling||Redding Coal Co||George Hunter||Collier||--||In shafts||Overwinding. Engineman drunk|
From Main body of report: At Stirling in April last, William Burr, engineman, was sentenced by Lord Deas to 12 months' imprisonment for having, while in a state of intoxication, so mismanaged the winding engine of No. 17 pit, Redding Colliery, (on 3rd November 1864,) that the cage on which George Hunter was ascending was carried over the pullies and he was so much injured that he died. (Please note this is from 1865 report)
|Newspaper report- Stirlingshire pages|
|1864||November||4||Shieldhall||Stirling||Carron Iron Co||Robert Brown||Collier||17||Falls of roof||Fall of roof|
From Main body of report: A boy working with his father
|1864||November||5||Cadder No 6||Bishopbriggs||Carron Iron Co||William Leckie||Miner||30||Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1864||November||7||Rochsolloch No 2||Lanarkshire||George Cowie||John Crokston||Collier||36||Falls of roof||Fall of roof|
|1864||November||8||Coltness||Lanarkshire||A G Simpson||Robert Simpson||Bottomer||56||In shafts||Falling down pit from a mouthing|
|1864||November||23||Cuttlehill||Fife||Henderson & Wallace||Thomas Hodge||Collier||20||Falls of roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1864||December||8||Aikenston No 2||Baillieston||James Merry||William Pryde||Collier||18||Falls of coal and roof||Fall of roof, while acting as chainman on an engine plane, occasioned by the hutches drawing out wood, which allowed part of the roof to fall|
|1864||December||9||Shieldhall||Stirling||Carron Iron Co||Robert Thomson||Collier||14||Falls of roof||Fall of roof while taking out stoops|
From Main body of report: A boy working with his father
|1864||December||10||Overton No 3 pit||Lanarkshire||John Wilson||Owen Cullen||Drawer||25||In shafts||Crushed by cage while attempting to cross pit-bottom instead of going by road|
|1864||December||12||Faskine No 8||Airdrie||W Baird & Co||Robert Baxter||Labourer||60||Ironstone mines above ground||By a boiler bursting|
|1864||December||26||Hurlford||Hurlford||John Howie||David McIntyre||Bottomer||53||Miscellaneous||Crushed by the cage when crossing the shaft|
From Main body of report: The deceased was bottomer at the colliery, and, in addition to his ordinary duties, he had charge of the ventilating furnace, which was situated near to the bottom of the shaft.
It appears that on the day of the accident he had gone to the furnace, by crossing the shaft, and in returning he was caught by the descending cage and crushed under it.
There was a roadway formed round the end of the shaft, and it was the proper and safe course to pass to the furnace.