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||Category (if given)||Cause of death and remarks|
|1870||January||14||West Calder||Lothians||James McTaig||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report|
|1870||January||25||Cambusnethan||Wishaw||D and J Sneddon||John Kenmuir||Collier||47||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal while being holed|
|1870||January||29||Greenhead||Wishaw||Robert Brand||Jas Johnstone||Collier||--||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal while stooping|
|1870||February||1||Pather||Wishaw||William Boyd||James Moffat||Collier||36||Falls, Coal and Roof||A piece of stone fell from the roof while he was holing and caused his pick to run into him||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||February||3||Cuttlehill||Dunfermline||Henderson & Wallace||Henry Cormick||Collier||35||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Fife pages|
|1870||February||3||Netherton||Wishaw||Scott & Gilmour||Thomas Paul||Collier||25||Explosions||Explosion of firedamp, defective ventilation|
From Main body of report: On the 5th of February an explosion of firedamp resulted in the death of two colliers at Netherton Colliery. The accident was caused by one of them, during the night, wrongly going into a place about twenty yards from where he worked, and with his naked lamp exploding some gas, which had collected in it. The place was bratticed, but the current was slacker during the night, as no one attended the ventilating furnace at night.
|Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||February||14||Grange||Kilmarnock||Robert Yeats &Co||James McGill||Collier||21||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: It appears that the fireman, on the morning of the accident, had discovered a small accumulation of gas in the deceased's working place shown in hand sketch Fig.1
I understand that at the time of the accident, he was engaged displacing the gas by " waffing ' it out, and the deceased and others, who had left their open lights near to B, about seven yards distant, assisted him.
This was a direct violation of the special rules, which provide that "In case fire damp or other impure air shall be discovered in any working place, road, or level, the fireman shall in the first instance thoroughly 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, &c.''
The fireman, assisted by the deceased and others, as above described, ignited the gas, while in the act of displacing it, at one of their open lights near to B. They were all burned (five of them), the fireman being one; and the deceased died from the effects of injuries received.
In this case the fireman acted very imprudently, first in allowing anyone to be in the place while in an unworkable state; and, secondly, in permitting open lights to be so near to where the fire-damp was being displaced.
Since the accident, the owners of the colliery have made the following addition to their special rules. "The engineman shall not allow the descent of workmen into the colliery on any morning till after the fireman has completed his underground examination, and has signalled to the surface to that effect."
|1870||February||18||Kinneil Iron Works||Borrowstouness||George Wilson &Co||Sam Blakely||Miner||--||In Ironstone mines above ground||Crushed by cage|
|1870||February||18||West Thornton||Kilmarnock||Archibald Finnie||John Caldwell||Collier||19||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof at the face while engaged taking down coal|
|1870||February||25||Auchenharvie||Saltcoats||Archd Kenneth & Co||John Fitzcharles||Fireman||37||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof while engaged taking a part of it down|
|1870||February||28||Grougar||Hurlford||Eglinton Iron Co||Alexander Frew||Collier||31||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of coal|
|1870||March||2||Benthead||Fauldhouse||W S Dixon||Peter Ellis||Miner||--||In Ironstone mines falls, coal and roof||Fall of stone|
|1870||March||3||Glencleland||Wishaw||Kerr & Mitchel||John Gallacher||Collier||16||Falls, Coal and Roof||Piece of coal he was holing fell over on him||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||March||31||Allanton||Hamilton||Austine & Co||P McMechan||Collier||42||Above ground||He rashly passed through between waggons on his way to the smithy, and was caught between the buffers||Newspaper report - Hamilton pages|
|1870||April||4||Goatfoot||Galston||Boyd Gilmour & Co||John Nimmo||Collier||45||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of coal|
|1870||April||8||Govan||Glasgow||W S Dixon||John Kyle||Sinker||26||In shafts||When placing wood in a sinking pit, he fell into some water at the bottom and was drowned|
From Main body of report: The deceased and a neighbour workman were at the time of the accident engaged putting in "buntons," and securing " barring in a sinking shaft." As is customary in such cases, they stood upon a scaffold suspended in the shaft, and which was about 27 feet from the bottom. In the course of their operations, a piece of wood, which the deceased was engaged securing, fell and, striking him on the leg, caused his foot to slip from the bunton, on which he was partly leaning, at the same time he lost his hold of the scaffold, and fell to the bottom. There was about nine feet of water in the bottom of the shaft at the time.
|1870||April||9||No 1 Shale Pit, Starlaw, Bathgate||Patrick McComisky||Not recorded||
Death not listed in Inspectors report
8 men killed by fire
|Newspaper report - Starlaw page|
|1870||April||13||Palacecraig||Airdrie||Wm Baird & Co||Michael Malloy||Drawer||13||In shafts||Fall of stones from the side of the shaft|
|1870||April||18||Solesgirth||Kirkintilloch||James Dunlop & Co||Alexander Easton||Oversman||40||In Ironstone mines in shafts||Fell down the shaft while engaged disconnecting a water chest from the winding rope|
|1870||April||19||Kipps||Airdrie||Robertson & Eddie||James Shank||Collier||25||Falls, Coal and Roof||Killed by a fall of coal while stooping||Newspaper report - New Monkland pages|
|1870||April||24||No 1 Pit Motherwell||Motherwell||James Evans||not employed||12||Not listed in accidents||On Sunday, 24th April, a boy 12 years of age was killed at Motherwell. He was not employed at the colliery, and his name does not appear on the list. A son of the engine-man, thirteen years of age, in his father's absence attempted to lower two men and this boy to the horses. By some mistake, however, he took them up to the pulleys; the men got off, but the boy fell down the pit, and was killed.||Newspaper Report|
|1870||May||4||Woodhall||Airdrie||Merry & Cunningham||Niel Martin||Collier||48||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1870||May||10||No 2 Pit,Langshaw,Carluke||Lanarkshire||Richard Wilson||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||With thanks to Henry Young for this information|
|1870||May||20||Ironstone pit, Blantyre||Blantyre||Patrick Kenney||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||With thanks to Katie Marton for this information|
|1870||May||25||Ellismuir||Baillieston||Provanhall Coal Co||James Wyper||Drawer||13||In shafts||Fell from a mid-working 17 fathoms|
From Main body of report: In this case the shaft was divided by a midwall into two divisions, and a cage worked in each. There were doors placed on the front of the pit, and a bottomer was appointed to open these doors when required, and to see that the drawers placed their hutches properly upon the cages before he signalled them away. It appears that the deceased on the day of the accident had reached near to the pit bottom, with a loaded hutch, when the bottomer through some mistake, failed to open the door leading into the division of the shaft where the cage was resting at the time, and he, pushing forward his hutch, fell with it into the shaft, and to the bottom, a distance of 100 feet. This is one of those unexplainable occurrences which sometimes happen in mines.., I can scarcely call it neglect on the part of the bottomer, but rather momentary absence, as he, at the time of the accident was assisting the deceased, and narrowly escaped falling into the shaft with him.
|1870||June||1||Halbeath||Dunfermline||Henderson & Wallace||W Beveridge||Collier||57||Falls, Coal and Roof||Died on 17th June. He was holing after the sprags were out|
|1870||June||3||Lime Pit, Waygateshaw||Lanarkshire||Alexander Hamilton||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages|
|1870||June||11||Boutreehill||Irvine||Boutreehill Coal Co||Joseph Blair||Drawer||34||In shafts||Fell from a midworking|
From Main body of report: There were two seams of coal being worked at the time of the accident; the first at 33 fathoms, and the second at 53 fathoms from the surface.
The deceased was a collier, and worked in the upper seam. He, and his neighbour, Stewart, engaged on a night shift, were the only persons in it. It appears that after they had finished their shift, and filled the coals into hutches, and drawn them to the shaft, Stewart went to the surface, leaving the deceased to "cleek" the coals, and see them properly sent away. No one was present with the deceased at the time of the accident; but it is supposed that the cage was lowered with an empty hutch to the level of the upper seam, and the deceased, after taking it off, had been in the act of returning with a full hutch, for the purpose of placing it upon the cage, when, from some cause, the cage was suddenly raised, unknown to him, and he, in pushing the full hutch forward, fell with it into the open shaft, and to the bottom, a distance of upwards of 40 yards.
Under the circumstances, the deceased had a right to expect that when the cage was landed properly at the upper seam with an empty hutch, it would not be removed until a proper signal was given.
|1870||June||11||Westmuir||Glasgow||Robert Gray & Co||James Cairns||Collier||43||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof at face|
|1870||June||24||Quarter||Patrick Lyons||Not Listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Hamilton pages|
|1870||June||27||Springfield||Bishopbriggs||W S Dixon||William Neilson||Labourer||28||In Ironstone mines in shafts||Fell down a blind shaft 14 fathoms|
|1870||July||1||Broomfield||Airdrie||James Adam||John Queen||Fireman||32||Explosions||He was going his rounds on a Monday morning, and came on gas with his naked light. The cube had been out for 30 hours|
From Main body of report: On the 1st of July an explosion of firedamp at Broomfield Pit resulted in the death of the fireman of the pit. He was in the act of going round the workings in the morning, and came upon some firedamp, which ignited at the naked light he had burning. The pit was ventilated by a furnace, but the fire had been out from Saturday night till Monday morning, when the accident occurred. I considered that the man was to blame for not using a safety lamp; but it was the duty of the owner and manager to have seen that the furnace was kept burning on Sundays, and also to see that the Special Rules were enforced, which state that the fireman's examination shall be made with a safety lamp.
|1870||July||3||Carnwath||Archibald Annan||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Carnwath page|
|1870||July||6||Inzievar||Dunfermline||Merry & Cunningham||John Harrower||Miner||--||In Ironstone mines falls, coal and roof||Fall of ironstone|
|1870||July||6||Woodhall||Thomas Baird||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages|
|1870||July||13||Craigstone||Cumnock||Eglinton Iron Co||Thomas Gaffney||Drawer||40||In Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||July||14||Longlee||Hamilton||Longlee Coal Co||Alex Abercrombie||Sinker||25||In shafts||A muzzle fell off the rope when at the surface, and struck him on the head||Newspaper report - Dalserf pages|
|1870||July||14||Quarter||Hamilton||Colin, Dunlop & Co||John Watson||Collier||--||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: On the 14th July an explosion of firedamp at Quarter Colliery resulted in the death of four persons. At the time when the explosion occurred there were five men in the pit; three of them were sitting at A ; one at B, filling a tub of coals ; and one was at C, in the act of going into the face B, it was supposed. All were working with open lights. The firedamp ignited at the lamp of the man working at B and the flame went from him on to A, burning the men there, thence out to C, and to the shaft. The man at C was killed, but the others, though more or less burned, reached the shaft without assistance. The man at B, was least burnt of any, and soon recovered, but two of the others died. The pit had been newly sunk, and did not give off much gas. The shaft was divided by a wooden mid-wall, and brattice, as shown on the sketch by a dotted line, led the air to the face of the level. The current was created by a steam jet, and everyone seemed to be satisfied with the ventilation. The effect of the blast was most extraordinary. The survivors felt no shock ; a can with four pounds of gunpowder in it was unharmed and the contents untouched at A. The brattice from D to E was blown over, but not removed ; but from D to the shaft, where the force was confined to the one drift, the whole bratticing was blown into splinters, the props broken and blown out, the greater part of the midwall was destroyed, and a portion of solid strata forced into the shaft.
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Severely burned and died a week afterwards
Severely burned and died a week afterwards
|Will Moore||Pit head man||--||In shafts|
Fell down the pit from the surface while getting away from the debris thrown up the pit by the explosion
|1870||July||17||Allanton||Hamilton||Austine & Co||Robert Barr||Collier||19||Explosions||Went down the pit on a holiday when all the officials were on an excursion and off duty|
From Main body of report: On the 17th of July an explosion of firedamp occurred at Allanton Colliery, which resulted in the death of two colliers. The accident happened on the annual holiday of the colliery, when all the officials and all the workmen were away on an excursion, excepting a man attending the horses, and the engine-man. One of the deceased had been drinking all the previous night, and in the morning had taken a fancy to go to work, persuading other two companions to accompany him. When they reached the place it was ; found that some stones had fallen, and damaged the ventilation, and that gas had accumulated in it. The gas ignited at their open lights, and burned them. Two of them died.
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|1870||July||18||Grangemouth||Grangemouth||Grangemouth Coal Co||James Gillespie||Bottomer||30||In shafts||Fell down from a mid working. There was a gate but he forgot to shut it, and he ran a tub into the pit when there was no cage there|
|1870||July||18||Poneil||James Dempster||53||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper Report|
|1870||July||19||Fernigare||Hamilton||Archd Russell||John Wilson||Drawer||17||Miscellaneous||His neighbour suddenly tilted up the end of the tub they were drawing||Newspaper report - Hamilton pages|
|1870||July||19||Perceton||Dreghorn||Merry & Cunningham||John McVenie||Roadsman||29||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||July||25||Swineridgemuir||Dalry||Merry & Cunningham||David Gordon||Collier||44||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of coal|
|1870||July||28||Kennet Pans||Clackmannan||Frank Greer||William Hunter||Roadsman||40||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||July||29||Benhav||Whitburn||George Simpson||Peter McGill||Collier||30||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal|
|1870||August||4||Carnbroe||Coatbridge||Merry & Cunningham||W Crow||Miner||--||In Ironstone mines falls, coal and roof||Fall of ironstone|
|1870||August||4||Garriongill||Wishaw||Coltness Iron Co.||J Jamieson||Waggon trimmer||13||Above ground||Squeezed by waggons|
|1870||August||5||Boig||Cumnock||Lanemark Coal Co||William McMath||Boy||14||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of coal|
|1870||August||5||Kirkwood||Coatbridge||Wilsons & Co||Edward Stewart||Bottomer||58||In shafts||Fell from a mid-working|
From Main body of report: The deceased was "bottomer" at a "mid-working," situated about 112 fathoms from the surface. On the day of the accident, I understand that he had placed a loaded hutch upon the cage, and signalled it away; they were winding with a single cage at the time, and before the cage was returned he pushed another full hutch forward into the shaft, and fell to the bottom with it, a distance of 22 fathoms.
|1870||August||6||Craigneuk||Wishaw||Merry & Cunningham||G Roy||Collier||25||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal|
|1870||August||9||Muirhouse||Wishaw||Archd Russell||James Smith||Waggon boy||14||Above ground||Killed by waggons|
|1870||August||11||Wilsontoun||Wilsonton||Grey & Paul||J McVicar||Collier||30||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||August||12||Shields||Wishaw||Jno MacAndrew||P McGavin||Bottomer||30||Miscellaneous||Crushed by cage. Mistake of signals|
|1870||August||13||Tigethaugh||Denny||Wm Baird & Co||James Currans||Miner||50||In Ironstone mines falls of ironstone and roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Stirling pages|
|1870||August||19||Summerlee||Coatbridge||Wilsons & Co||Samuel McMahon||Collier||60||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||August||23||Kipps||Airdrie||Robertson & Eddie||W Nugent||Collier||40||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - New Monkland pages|
|1870||August||23||Nackerty||Baillieston||Provanhall Coal Co||Jno Kennedy||Driver||15||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: On the 23rd August an explosion of firedamp in Nackerty Pit resulted in the death of two boys. The boys were coming out from the faces towards the shaft, when their lights came in contact with some firedamp on the level road. It was suspected that the fireman had neglected to examine the place properly in the morning.
|1870||August||23||Parkhead||Motherwell||Jno Wilson||A Brown||Driver||13||Miscellaneous||Found dead in pit. No apparent cause|
|1870||August||24||Grange||Kilmarnock||Robert Yeats &Co||James Shankland||Fireman||30||In shafts||Fell down the shaft while disengaging a cage which had stuck in it|
From Main body of report: On the day of the accident, and while the pit was in full working order, one of the cages got partly displaced in the guides, and was jammed in the shaft, about 27 fathoms from the bottom.
As the winding ropes coiled both upon one drum, to obtain the free use of the machinery it was necessary to disconnect and secure the rope which was attached to the cage suspended or jammed in the shaft, and this was accomplished by a snatch block kept for such purposes. The oversman and the deceased were then lowered upon the cage which worked in the other division of the shaft, and after ascertaining the cause of derangement, I understand that they obtained the necessary materials for placing the cage into the guides, and in due time had it in a state for being raised or lowered as required.
In making the alterations, they had occasion to go frequently on to the cage suspended by the snatch block described, and just as they were about to be raised, having completed what was considered necessary, the deceased, while standing upon it (the cage), was suddenly lowered, by the rope slipping through the snatch block, and as the cage was placed in the guides it had freedom to descend, and fell to the bottom, a distance of 27 fathoms. Means were taken, immediately after the occurrence, to reach the sufferer, when he was found lying dreadfully mangled amongst the coils of the rope, and his head severed from his body.
|1870||September||12||Haywood||Wilsontoun||Haywood Coal Co||T Hutcheson||Collier||30||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||September||14||Southfield||Lesmahagow||Longlee Coal Co||Alex Craig||Sinker||--||In Ironstone mines falls, coal and roof||Fall of stone|
|1870||September||20||Cliftonhill||Coatbridge||Cliftonhill Coal Co||James Brown||Collier||29||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||September||20||Drumpeller||Coatbridge||Henderson & Dimmack||Peter Thomson||Oversman||52||In shafts||The winding rope broke by the cage being caught in the shaft, by wood which the deceased was taking up on a cage along with him|
From Main body of report: The unfortunate sufferer in this case was the principal oversman at the colliery. On the day of the accident he had occasion to take a wooden "rhone," or gutter, measuring 12 feet in length, up the shaft upon the cage along with him.
As described by the bottomer, deceased, when he left the bottom on the cage, was in a sitting posture, and holding the rhone in its place, the lower end resting upon the cage. Apparently the cage had been raised safely to within 10 fathoms of the surface, when the "rhone" must have, unknown to the deceased, swayed or fallen to one side, and coming in contact with the buntons, breaking one and jamming against another, caused such a check to the engine as to break the winding rope. The cage being thus freed fell to the bottom, upwards of 200 yards.
It is difficult to conceive how an experienced workman should have exposed himself so unnecessarily as in this case, when, by simply lashing the rhone to the bottom of the cage, or otherwise, it could have been raised without risk.
|Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages|
|1870||September||22||No 2 Pit Cowdenbeath||Robert Watters||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Beath pages|
|1870||September||24||Portland||Hurlford||Eglinton Iron Co||James Cree||Collier||50||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||September||27||Calder Bank||Baillieston||Provanhall Coal Co||Joseph Gillespie||Collier||43||Explosions||Explosion of fire damp|
From Main body of report: The deceased was a collier, and worked in the "end" marked A, on hand sketch, Fig. 2, which was being extended to B; the place B not being in the act of working or extension.
I understand that the place B, when ventilated by brattice, as shown in sketch, was safe to work in, and generally free from fire-damp. But it appears that on the day before the accident, Miller, the fireman, having occasion to extend the brattice in the adjoining room C, took a "length" of brattice out of the place B for that purpose, which so far diverted the ventilation as to take it at least 14 feet farther off the face at B. On the following morning, or day of the accident, according to Miller's explanation, he did not examine the place B, and the result was that the deceased, on entering it, about mid-day, for some purpose, ignited a quantity of gas which had accumulated in it, and by which he was fatally injured.
The fireman in this case acted in a reckless and culpable manner. First, by taking brattice out of a place which at the time contained trace of firedamp; and on the following morning, instead of making a careful examination of the place, as by the special rules he was bound to do, before allowing the colliers to enter to their work, he failed to examine it at all.
It was attempted, by way of excuse, to show that the deceased had gone into the place B, contrary to instructions, and also with a full knowledge of what the fireman had done. To some extent this may have been true; but no act of the sufferer could in the least excuse the fireman for such reckless and foolish conduct.
In this case, the public prosecutor was doubtful whether the evidence would support a prosecution, and, under the circumstances, it was not taken into court.
|Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages|
|1870||September||29||Dysart||Dysart||Earl of Rosslyn||George Melvill||Collier||--||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal|
|1870||September||29||Shawfield||Wishaw||John Wilson||W Kelly||Collier||30||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||October||10||Bellsdyke||Airdrie||Bellsdyke Coal Co||John Millar||Collier||40||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - New Monkland pages|
|1870||October||10||Kinneil Iron Works||Bo'ness||George Wilson &Co||Hugh Hannay||Miner||--||In Ironstone mines falls, coal and roof||Fall of stone|
|1870||October||14||Swinhill||Larkhall||Swinhill Coal Co||P Carlow||Collier||15||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal. He was working with his father||Newspaper report - Dalserf pages|
|1870||October||15||Holton, Alloa||Alloa||Alloa Coal Co||P Dawson||Collier||23||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of top coal||Newspaper report - Clackmannan pages|
|1870||October||24||Redding||Falkirk||Redding Coal Co||W Baxter||Collier||19||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report- Stirlingshire pages|
|1870||October||27||Marledge||Larkhall||James Gim||Jas Kelly||Collier||35||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Dalserf pages|
|1870||October||31||Earnock Muir||Hamilton||W S Dixon||John Poland||Miner||--||In Ironstone mines falls, coal and roof||Fall of stone|
|1870||November||2||Summerlee||Coatbridge||Wilsons & Co||Thomas McIlweenie||Collier||24||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of coal while engaged taking it down||
Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages|
[NB Surname usually spelled McQueeney]
|1870||November||3||Bredisholm||Baillieston||Provanhall Coal Co||A Wotherspoon||Sinker||40||In shafts||He was on a scaffold at the top of a blind pit, when a mass of stone fell off the side wall, and carried the scaffold, with him on it, down the pit. Scaffold badly constructed||Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages|
|1870||November||3||Skellyton||Hamilton||Hamilton & McCulloch||Jas Gillespie||Collier||14||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal. Boy worked with his father||Newspaper report - Dalserf pages|
|1870||November||7||Carfin||Wishaw||W S Dixon||Matthew Knox||Collier||20||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal stooping||Newspaper Report|
|1870||November||15||Coneypark Colliery||James Marshall||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report- Stirlingshire pages|
|1870||November||21||Hattonrigg||Holytown||Mossend Iron Co||R McCulloch||Fireman||40||Explosions||These men started on a Monday morning to examine the places. They were going with their naked lights, expecting no firedamp|
From Main body of report: On the 21st November an explosion of firedamp at Hattonrigg Pit, Mossend Iron Works, resulted in the death of two firemen. The circumstances were precisely the same as in the Broomfield accident [1st July 1870]. On a Monday morning, after the ventilating furnace had been out for thirty hours, the deceased kindled it, and went immediately into the workings, to examine them, carrying their naked lights burning. They unexpectedly came upon firedamp, which ignited at their lights, and burned them severely. They both died. In all probability the accumulation of gas was caused by neglecting the furnace during the Sunday.
|Newspaper report- Bothwell pages|
|1870||November||21||Morningside||Wishaw||Shotts Iron Co||G Wright||Collier||13||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of coal. He was working with his father||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||November||28||Shankstone||Cumnock||Eglinton Iron Co||Allen McDonald||Engineman||54||In Ironstone mines above ground||By falling under the crank of the pumping engine while in motion|
[Deceased was native of Larkhall]
|1870||December||3||Jelliston||Patna||Dalmellington Iron Co||John Quin||Drawer||30||Falls of Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||December||7||George Graham||Not listed||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||December||8||Rosehall||Holytown||Robt. Addie & Sons||Edwd Keenan||Bottomer||15||Miscellaneous||He was trying to drive a horse and fell in before a train of full tubs|
|1870||December||19||Cadder||Bishopbriggs||Carron Iron Co||John Clelland||Foreman||49||In Ironstone mines in shafts||A bolt fell from the surface and struck the deceased while engaged with pipes at 15 fathoms from the surface|
|1870||December||26||Netherton||Wishaw||Wishaw Coal Co||Alex Scott||Collier||40||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof while stooping||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||December||27||No 11 Shale Pit, West Calder||William Morn Jackson||Not listed (fell down pit)||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper report - Lothian pages|
|1870||December||28||Alloa||Alloa||Alloa Coal Co||Fras Hunter||Collier||25||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof while stooping||Newspaper report - Clackmannan pages|
|1870||December||30||Parkhead||Wishaw||John Watson||Willm Todd||Labourer||52||In shafts||Stumbled into the pit while apparently making for the firelamp||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||December||31||Cowdenbeath||Dunfermline||Smith Slego||R Watson||Collier||40||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof|
|1870||December||31||Overton||Wishaw||John Wilson||Thos Watson||Collier||40||Falls, Coal and Roof||Fall of roof||Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages|
|1870||December||31||Drumpellier||John Dollan||Not listed (not work accident)||Death not listed in Inspectors report||Newspaper Report - Old Monkland pages|
Last Updated 17th March 2012