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Fatal Accidents in Mines in Scotland - 1902
- compiled from appendices to the reports of the Inspector of Mines and Collieries. 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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Date of AccidentMineCountyOwner or CompanyNameAgeOccupationCategoryCause of accident & remarksExtra Information 
1902January11MeadowfieldLanarkUnited Collieries LtdWilliam Boyce52EnginemanOn surface – by machineryDeceased was caught between a stay and a haulage wheel and fatally crushed. No one saw tho accident. Newspaper report - New Monkland pages
1902January11Ellismuir No 2LanarkUnited Collieries LtdThomas Love40MinerMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesWhilst taking compressed gunpowder out of his canister a spark from his lamp, which was illegally on his cap, ignited the explosive. Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1902January16Newton No 2LanarkJames Dunlop & Co LtdJohn Sloan40MinerFalls of roofFall of roof in working place.  
1902January16CowdenbeathFifeFife Coal Co LtdJohn Smith35MinerFalls of roofDeceased had been redding and timbering a fallen road in a longwall working, when a large stone burst suddenly from the sandstone roof, killing him instantaneously.  
1902January18Ellismuir No 2LanarkUnited Collieries LtdPatrick Fox24RepairerFalls of roofFall of roof on road when enlarging it to form a double haulage road. Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1902January20AftonAyrLanemark Coal Co LtdJohn Brown17MinerFalls of roofFall of roof in working place  
1902January23BelhavenLanarkUnited Collieries LtdWilliam Scott28BrusherMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesDeceased was preparing a charge of. compressed powder for a brushing shot, while his neighbour was collecting and removing the boring tools. The latter was alleged to have raised his head into a small cavity close to face of brushing, and to have ignited a small quantity of firedamp, the explosion of which ignited four lbs. Of compressed powder, and nineteen cartridges of gelignite, contained in the cartridge box with which deceased was working at the time. His cap, with an ordinary miner's lamp hooked to it, was afterwards found close to where he had been sitting. He sustained injuries to which he succumbed five days later. Newspaper report
1902January23Springhill No 4AyrArch. Finnie & SonsJas McConnell30FurnacemanFalling into shaft from surfaceHe ran a hutch into the open shaft at the low scaffold thinking that the cage was there, and fell after it.  
1902January26Holytown No 8LanarkJames Nimmo & Co LtdThomas Docherty35LabourerOn surface – miscellaneousHe was tossed off a plank by a haulage rope which was being lowered down the shaft.  
1902January28Tannochside No 3LanarkArchd. RussellAnthony Burt24Waggon shifterOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysWhilst moving a waggon he was apparently crushed between it and a scaffold post. Newspaper report- Bothwell pages
1902January28Hattonrigg No 3LanarkSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoJohn Duke25Underground enginemanFalling from part way downKnocked down the shaft from a mid-working by the winding rope, the sinking kettle having fallen away from the rider in which it had stuck. Newspaper report- Bothwell pages
1902January29Whitehill No 2AyrWm Baird & Co LtdHugh Brown44MinerFalls of roofFall of roof in working place through failure to set props as instructed by the fireman and also as required by the Special Rules.  
1902January29KenmuirhillLanarkGlasgow Coal CoHugh Buntine36BrusherMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesExplosion of gunpowder, gelignite, and a detonator, apparently whilst handling the explosives with his lamp on his cap.  
1902January31WhitriggLinlithgowRobert Forrester & Co LtdJohn Brash37MinerMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesA shot hole was charged with 3/4lb. of gunpowder, in the dip side of his working place. The fuse used was a paper squib, to the end of which was attached a piece of cotton wick saturated with oil. As soon as deceased had lighted the wick he and his neighbour ran to a place of safety, 60 feet outbye, and just as he was about to turn into the opening the shot exploded, and a piece of coal projected from it struck him, causing injuries to which he succumbed three days afterwards.  
1902February1ParkheadLanarkGlasgow Iron & Steel Co LtdJohn Jeffrey56FiremanFalling from part way downDeceased was endeavouring to reach a cage which was standing at a mid-working in the rise winding-space. He passed through a fence consisting of two horizontal rails, 1 foot 8 inches and 2 feet 11 inches from the pavement, and stumbled or inadvertently stepped into the dip winding-space, down which he fell a distance of 36 fathoms. Newspaper report
1902February3Lochwood No 1LanarkLochwood Coal Co LtdPatrick Quin17Assistant bottomerShaft accidents – miscellaneousThe cage was raised when he was putting a hutch on it; he fell into the cage seat and the cage was lowered upon him.  
1902February7Tannochside No 2LanarkArchd. RussellSamuel James Hewitt33MinerFalls of roofFall of roof Newspaper report- Bothwell pages
1902February8MuirbeathFifeHenry Ness & Co LtdRobert Gibson40LabourerOn surface – miscellaneousDeceased and another were engaged filling hot ashes from a heap laid down from boiler fires, into waggons, when a slip took place from the side, and he was burned.  
1902February12NewbattleEdinburghLothian Coal CoStan Christynick (Pole)18SinkerFalls of sideDeceased and three other workmen were engaged enlarging a shaft, and for that purpose were standing on a scaffold with a kettle beside them, when a stone fell from the side and jammed him against the kettle.  
1902February13Bothwell Castle No 4LanarkWm Baird & Co LtdHenry McDade30MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902February15Lassodie MillFifeRosewell Gas Coal Co LtdJoseph Ferguson19DrawerOther haulage accidentsDeceased was unhooking a loaded tub at the foot of a short wheel brae, dipping 1 in 3, when the empty tub ran back and struck him, causing injuries to which he succumbed five days afterwards. The d rawer at brae head appeared to have neglected to close the blocks or to turn the empty tub on the plates before uncoupling it.  
1902February17WemyssFifeWemyss Coal CoJohn Munro38MinerFalls of sideDeceased was wedging down some coal which had already been shaken by a shot. The working was 7 ft. 9 ins. in height, and the head of the coal was overhanging the back of the holing by about 7 ft. A large mass of coal came away suddenly and fractured his skull.  
1902February17Poneil MineLanarkPoneil Coal Co LtdJohn Lawson35OvermanHaulage – ropes or chains breakingA "race" of empty hutches was being lowered into the mine. A drawbar broke and two hutches ran down and struck him  
1902February19Overwood (sandstone)LanarkBaird & StevensonRobert Whitelaw55MinerMetalliferous minesWhitelaw was the contractor for doing the mining work preparatory to working the sandstone put out from the mine for building purposes. He was dressing the side of a pillar when a portion of the roof fell and killed him. Another miner working beside him was slightly injured Newspaper report
1902February22FauldheadDumfriesJames I McConnellThos Milligan28MinerFalls of roofWhen knocking out a sprag set to the coal a stone from the roof fell on him. Newspaper report - Dumfriesshire pages
1902February22WallyfordEdinburghEdinburgh Collieries LtdThomas Swan37MinerFalls of sideTo enable the air vessels for a pump to be placed in the shaft, deceased and some other workmen were removing coal and stones when a piece of blaes fell.  
1902February26Lightshaw No 3AyrWm Baird & Co LtdPatrick Thomas35MinerFalls of sideFall of coal from corner of stoop.  
1902March1Bothwell Castle No 1 and 2LanarkWm Baird & Co LtdDominick Payne--Boiler firemanOn surface – miscellaneousHe was found dead at the bottom of a retaining wall over which he appears to have fallen whilst intoxicated.  
1902March1Limefield (Oil Shale)EdinburghYoung's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Co LtdRobert Sneddon55Brushing contractorOther haulage accidentsThe tubs are raised by carriages running on permanent rails, one set of carriages descends while the other ascends. Deceased had assisted the bencher to load the ascending carriage at a bench about midway on the carriage way, and as soon as the carriages moved away he stepped down to cross to the opposite side, and was struck by the descending carriages. Newspaper report
1902March1Clyde Backmuir No 2LanarkWilson's & Clyde Coal Co LtdWilliam Maley28Pony driverFalls of roofWhile taking a hutch along a road the roof gave way and fell on him. Newspaper Report - Hamilton pages
1902March7BanktonHaddingtonForth Collieries LtdHarry Wilson58Pit bottomerFalling from part way downThe shaft is sunk to the three-feet seam at 18 fathoms deep, and the splint coal seam is cut at l3 fathoms. A gate fenced the shaft, but was removed when coal was being "dugged." There were four planks provided to be placed across the shaft by the bottomer when "dugging," but deceased omitted to put these in. He descended from the surface after having supper and signalled the engineman to raise the cage, which was done, and cage rested 6 feet above the doorheads. Deceased had apparently forgotten that the shaft was open and the cage not there as he pushed a loaded tub forward and was precipitated with it to the bottom Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1902March11LindsayFife  James Keddie      See mine inspectors report under 21 Oct 1901Newspaper report - Beath pages
1902March12CowdenbeathFifeFife Coal Co LtdJohn Park55BencherOther haulage accidentsDeceased was bencher or hanger-on at the foot of a wheel brae 27 feet long and dipping 1 in 5. When about to couple on an empty tub, he shouted something which a drawer at braehead mistook for " Shove over." The loaded tub was consequently sent away before the empty one was attached to the chain. It struck and drove the empty tub against deceased, fracturing a rib, which perforated his lung. He died about 12 hours afterwards. Newspaper report - Beath pages
1902March13DarngavilLanarkDarngavil Coal Co LtdAdam Gilmour27MinerFalls of roofDeceased was engaged wedging down coal, when the roof suddenly fell upon him, causing injury to the spine, to which he succumbed on 25th January, 1903. The stone fell away from a break and a dry, the latter of which was seen, but it was thought to be secured by the props close by. Newspaper report - New Monkland pages
1902March17NiddrieEdinburghNiddrie & Benhar Coal Co LtdMartin Ochmann (Pole)42MinerFalls of sideDeceased had taken out his sprags and was in the act of relieving the coal with his pick when it fell Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1902March18WellsgreenFifeFife Coal Co LtdDavid Scott23MinerFalls of sideThe Dysart main coal is worked in two divisions, first, the lower part, and second, the upper part. Deceased worked in the lower, and was about to put up a rance to the coal, when it fell over and crushed him against the stowage in the waste.  
1902March18Douglas No 1 (ironstone)RenfrewMerry & Cunninghame LtdRobert Stevenson58MinerSundriesWhilst wedging a stone his hammer slipped, and the end of the shaft gave him a violent blow on the stomach.  
1902March22LumphinnansFifeFife Coal Co LtdPatrick McEwan24MinerHaulage – run over by trams & tubsDeceased and another workman were on their way home after finishing their shift, and just as they were walking down a steep incline, the wheeler at the top pushed a loaded tub over the top, which overtook him.  
1902March29Allanton No 1LanarkWm Barr & SonsWilliam Ross45FiremanFalls of roofFall of roof in working place while putting up a crown  
1902March31Little RaithFifeLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdJames Young49MinerFalls of roofDeceased was engaged at the face of his working place, when part of the roof gave way and buried him. There were lypes on three sides of the fall. Newspaper Report - Fife pages
1902March31LochgellyFifeLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdWalker Hudston36Foreman sinkerShaft accidents – miscellaneousDeceased and two other sinkers were engaged attending to a steam pump 40 fathoms down, an stood on a scaffold. Water was being raised from the bottom by a barrel and in ascending it swung to the end and caught an iron girder knocking out a bunton which fell on to the scaffold and, striking deceased, he fell down among the water 30 fathoms below. Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1902April1Canderrigg No 1LanarkJames Nimmo & Co LtdAlexander Twaddle20MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face. It was not secured as required by the regulations.  
1902April2Bellfield No 3LanarkWm Barr & SonsWm Boyd Meikle30MinerFalls of sideFall of coal while holing without sprags. He had holed 4 feet deep to a distance of 9 feet from an open end. Newspaper Report
1902April2Govan No 6LanarkWilliam Dixon LtdPhillip Gavin52WoodmanFalls of roofWhile repairing a road some stones fell from the roof upon him.  
1902April3GlencraigFifeWilson's & Clyde Coal Co LtdRobert Wilson18DrawerExplosions of fire damp or coal dustSee report Newspaper report - Ballingry pages
James Crichton33Miner
Peter Adamson26Drawer
Andrew Marshall25Miner
1902April4Blantyre No 3LanarkWilliam Dixon LtdJames Davies25Pony driverFalls of roofA hutch went off the rails, knocked out a prop and the roof fell upon him.  
1902April9KnockterraAyrWm Baird & Co LtdThomas Hunter29RoadsmanFalls of roofFall of roof while drawing props.  
1902April11Rosehall No 12LanarkR Addie & Sons Collieries LtdSamuel Miller17Pony driverHaulage – run over by trams & tubsHe fell off a "race" of hutches and was run over.  
1902April12Hamilton PalaceLanarkBent Colliery CoWilliam John Neil35DrawerHaulage – run over by trams & tubsWhen taking a hutch down a "cuddie brae" the pulley tree broke and the "cuddie" ran down on him. Newspaper report - Bothwellhaugh pages
1902April16Auchenharvie No 5AyrGlengarnock Iron & Steel Co LtdJohn Higgins31BrusherHaulage – run over by trams & tubsWhen working at the face a runaway empty hutch ran down and caught him.  
1902April16NorthfieldHaddingtonNorthfield Coal Co LtdAlexander Mack42SinkerFalling from part way downDeceased descended the shaft for the purpose of starting a steam pump situated at a mid working. As he approached it, a join in the steam pipes a few yards below him was blown out. Finding himself enveloped by the escaping steam, he endeavoured to climb up by the buntons, but was overcome and fell a distance of 90 feet into an accumulation of water in pit bottom Death appeared to have been due to drowning.  
1902April19BenartyFifeFife Coal Co LtdThomas McIntosh32MinerExplosions of fire damp or coal dustSee report  
1902April23Fergushill No 22AyrArch. Finnie & SonsWm Baird25MinerFalls of sideFall of coal which he was holing without having sprags set.  
1902April23PrestongrangeHaddingtonSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoJames Wallace34ReddsmanFalls of sideDeceased and another workman were engaged laying rails along a roadway, and while passing outbye to get material necessary for the work, a mass of stone fell over from roadside on him.  
1902April24CowdenbeathFifeFife Coal Co LtdThomas McLeod34BrusherFalls of roofDeceased were brushing a level when a large fall of roof took place close to the face. There was a considerable quantity of timber set, which was swung by the fall.  
John Inglis20Brusher
1902April24Dumbreck No 1StirlingWm Baird & Co LtdFrank McGinlay44BrusherFalls of roofFall of roof at road head. He died on 11th June, but it is doubtful if death was due to the accident.  
1902April25Cadzow No 1LanarkCadzow Coal CoJames O'Hara43MinerFalls of sideFall of coal beneath which he was working without having sprags set  
1902April28LumphinnansFife  John Armit      Death not listed in Inspectors report
Natural causes
Newspaper report - Ballingry pages
1902May2MossideLinlithgowGavin Paul & sonsThomas McLaughlin44MinerFalls of sideDeceased was taking a cut off the inbye end of a stoop, in a seam 6 ft. 7 ins. in thickness, dipping 1 in 3. He had holed the nose to a depth of from 3 ft. to 4 ft., and was in the act of tapping the coal when a block 3 ft. by 3 ft. by 4 ft. 2 ins. came away, and rolled over him, killing him almost instantly. The coal fell from a foul lype, the existence of which was known. No gibs or holing props appeared to have been set. Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1902May3HouldsworthAyrDalmellington Iron Co LtdWm Campbell19LabourerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysCrushed between pithead scaffold and a waggon on which he was riding.  
1902May7Charlestown (Limestone)FifeCharlestown Lime Co LtdAlexander Wilson46MinerFalls of roofDeceased was breaking up limestone for the purpose of filling it into waggons, when a stone fell from the roof and killed him on the spot.  
1902May8DouglasLanarkColtness Iron Co LtdJohn Hodge42MinerHaulage – run over by trams & tubsA tub was being filled at the top of a heading rising 1 in 31/2 and 100 ft. long. To keep it in position a short prop was fixed between its end and the pavement. When the tub was filled it ran away, and deceased, who was proceeding toward the face in company with his neighbour, was run over. The rance had dropped out while the tub was being filled. The tubs were run on the self-acting incline principle; but the chain was not fixed to the tub which was being filled.  
1902May9HindswardAyrWm Baird & Co LtdMichael McCoy17Waggon trimmerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysWhilst crossing the rails at the screes he was run over by railway company's van. No whistle was blown to give warning of the approach of the train.  
1902May9DalzielLanarkWishaw Coal CoAlexander White26MinerFalls of sideDeceased was repairing a face building in a long-wall working, 4 ft 6 in. in height, when a mass of coal and blaes, 12 ft. in length, and 2 ft. 2 in. in thickness, suddenly came away and fell upon him, killing him instantly. The coal was said to have been gibbed, but for a distance of 8 yds. above the fallen coal the face was found standing partially holed, and entirely without gibs. Newspaper report
1902May10Rosehall No 10LanarkR Addie & Sons Collieries LtdWm Patrick28LabourerOn surface – miscellaneousWhilst leaning on a gangway railing it gave way, and he fell to the ground, a distance of 20 feet. Newspaper report
1902May12Eddlewood No 3LanarkJohn Watson LtdWm Rankin20Pithead labourerOn surface – miscellaneousWhen taking a full hutch off the cage it was lowered without having been signalled, and he got caught by it. Newspaper Report - Hamilton pages
1902May13WilsontownLanarkWilliam Dixon LtdAlexander Wilson23MinerFalls of sideDeceased was throwing some lying coals out towards his roadhead. He was stooping, with his head towards the coal face, when a piece of bottom coal and midstone suddenly burst from the face and fractured his skull. The coal appeared to have been holed to an average depth of 1 ft 4 ins. for a length of 7yds and was not gibbed. Newspaper report
1902May17KeltyFifeFife Coal Co LtdJames Izatt37MinerFalls of roofDeceased sounded the roof, and finding it loose, was about to go for a prop to set under it, when it suddenly fell. The roof fell away from two almost parallel lypes, the existence of which were unknown. Newspaper report - Beath pages
1902May21Hillhead No 13AyrJ & M Craig LtdSamuel Armstrong64BottomerShaft accidents – miscellaneousWhen adjusting chain of gate indicator at a mid-working, while on the cage after he had signalled it away, the cage was raised and he was crushed against the side of the shaft  
1902May22East ParkheadLanarkWilson's & Clyde Coal Co LtdJohn Green27MinerFalls of sideFall of coal in front of which he was working, after having removed a sprag and fired a shot in it.  
1902May22DevonClackmannanAlloa Coal Co LtdAdam Hunter45MinerFalls of roofDeceased and his brother were taking out the last few props from a finished " lift " in the stooping when the roof suddenly fell, and the end of the stone striking him caused fatal injuries. The stone broke over the " breakers " set up to protect the roadway.  
1902May22Little RaithFifeLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdJohn Mullen40MinerHaulage – run over by trams & tubsDeceased and some other workmen were proceeding outbye along an endless haulage road after their shift was finished, when some loaded tubs left the rope on a steep part of the roadway and overtook deceased. He was caught and dragged a distance of 40 ft. Newspaper report - Beath pages
1902May23StanriggLanarkUnited Collieries LtdThos. McConville36Boiler firemanFalling from part way downDeceased descended alone on the cage for the purpose of opening a pass-cock attached to the rising main of the top lift of pumps. He appeared to have lost his footing when getting off the cage, and fell to pit bottom, a distance of 85 fathoms. It would have been quite practicable to control the pass-cock by a wire operated from the surface, and this has been done since the accident took place. Newspaper Report
1902May24DevonClackmannanAlloa Coal Co LtdWilliam Frazer--Pony DriverDeaths not comprised under Mines ActReceived an injury while at his work, and died from its effects on 4th Jan., 1905.  
1902May26Dalziel & BroomsideLanarkJohn McAndrews & CoJohn Sexton62MinerFalls of roofDeceased worked in a room 11 to 12 feet in width, in a seam 4 feet 10 inches in thickness. He was going outbye with a tub, when a piece of blaes "falling," 9 feet by 11 feet by 4 inches, suddenly came away from the roof, swinging out three props. A portion of it fell upon him, fracturing his skull. Additional Special Rule 6 did not appear to have been strictly enforced. Newspaper report
1902May28Cults (Limestone)FifeJames MartinJohn Veitch42ContractorFalls of roofDeceased, while examining the places in the morning, discovered a loose piece of rock, and began to pinch it down, and while thus engaged, a mass of rock weighing 30 tons fell, and crushed him beneath it. The stone fell away from clay partings.  
1902May30GatesideLanarkFlemington Coal CoJohn McKeenan22Pithead labourerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysCaught by a runaway hutch at the foot of an incline from the pithead.  
1902June6Swinhill No 6LanarkDarngavil Coal Co LtdWalter Greer35MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face where coal cutting machine was used.  
1902June6Drumpeller No 3LanarkSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoJohn Hughes40MinerShaft accidents – whilst ascending or descending by machineryWhilst ascending the escape shaft along with a third miner the cage left the slides, got caught by the buntons, was broken and tilted over, and the two deceased fell out to the bottom. Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
William Rows36Miner
1902June10BalbardieLinlithgowBalbardie Colliery Co LtdRobert Murphy15PickerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysDeceased ran alongside a waggon in motion and attempted to brake it, and was crushed between it and some debris lying close to the rails.  
1902June10KinnairdKinrossFife Coal Co LtdAndrew Campbell34MinerFalls of roofA dook was being driven, 10 feet wide, and owing to the soft nature of the roof, timbers were placed close up to the coal face. Deceased was working at the face when the roof fell; his neighbour heard the fall, and on reaching the face saw deceased partly buried, and he ran for assistance; while the rescuers were endeavouring to release the unfortunate man, a very large fall took place, completely burying him, and causing the rescuers to beat a hasty retreat. The timbers were thrown for 12 feet outbye.  
1902June10CroftheadLinlithgowUnited Collieries LtdGeorge Dailly14Waggon greaserOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysDeceased either had attempted to pass between the waggons as they were being pushed toward the pits, and ran over, or was crossing the rails when he was run down.  
1902June12AftonAyrLanemark Coal Co LtdMatthew Paton22Underground enginemanShaft accidents – whilst ascending or descending by machineryWhilst ascending the shaft alone he fell out of the cage in some unexplained manner.  
1902June20Bothwell Castle No 1LanarkWm Baird & Co LtdHugh McGinty47BrusherFalls of roofFall of roof at brushing face. Apparently he had knocked out props, leaving more than the prescribed area of roof unsupported. Newspaper report- Bothwell pages
1902June21New CraighallEdinburghNiddrie & Benhar Coal Co LtdWilliam Waterson45Locomotive driverOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysDeceased was fatally crushed while standing on the foot plate of his engine as it passed a wall close on side of railway line.  
1902June25Struther No 1LanarkStruther Coal CoJames Wilson18MinerFalls of roofFall of roof in working place through failure to set props as required by the regulations.  
1902June26Hattonrigg No 4LanarkSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoJames Barr22Pony driverFalls of roofWhile the officials were repairing a fall on a road the deceased came to see what was being done, when a fall of roof killed him.  
1902July1Milnwood No 2LanarkColtness Iron Co LtdWm Gallacher32MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902July2Little RaithFifeLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdWilliam Connelly60Waggon greaserOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysDeceased was underneath some trucks standing in a siding, either examining them, or passing from one side to the other. A train of fourteen loaded trucks was pushed into the siding, and buffered against the standing trucks as he was in the act of crawling out. The impact caused the standing trucks to move a short distance, and one of the wheels passed over his legs, causing injuries to which he succumbed two hours afterwards.  
1902July4Tannochside No 2LanarkArchd. RussellThos Hotchkiss46BottomerFalling from part way downHe and the other bottomer failed to close the gate at a mid- working before signalling away the cage, and in pushing back the empty hutch he fell into the open shaft. The prescribed indicator for this gate was not in the engine-house.

From Main body of report: Happened at No. 2 Pit, Tannochside Colliery. At the mid-working from which the deceased fell there were four gates, two on each side of the shaft, but only two of the gates on the one side were connected by wires with indicators in the engine-house to show the engineman whether they were shut or open, in terms of Additional Rule 2. The dip-cage with two empty hutches in it arrived at the mid-working. The deceased, who was on the side where the gates had no indicator, opened the gate and took off the hutches. The bottomer on the other side opened his gate, put on two loaded hutches, shut his gate and signalled off the cage, although he saw that the deceased had not shut the gate on his side. The cage was raised, and the deceased went between the open shaft and one of the hutches to push it back when he slipped and fell down the shaft, dragging the hutch after him. It is difficult to understand why indicators for the gates on one side of the shaft were put on, while this precaution on the other side was entirely ignored. The manager was prosecuted for failing to provide the prescribed indicator. By the instructions of the agent for the colliery he tendered a plea of "not guilty," but was convicted and fined.
1902July8HowmuirLanarkAuchinlea Coal CoJames Jardine46SinkerMiscellaneous underground – suffocation by natural gasesAn old shaft had been reopened and enlarged, and almost from the start choke damp had troubled the sinkers. On the morning of the accident the deceased Jardine, after breakfast, slid the rope, and on reaching the bottom he shouted he was among damp, and immediately the manager, who had just arrived, descended with a hand line with a view to rescue Jardine, and he too was overcome, and before assistance arrived both men were dead. The shaft had been re-opened to a depth of 7 fathoms, and no artificial light was used. Newspaper report
John McDonald jun40Manager
1902July10Pumpherston (Oil Shale)EdinburghPumpherston Oil Co LtdHill Wilson30MinerFalls of sideDeceased was stamping a hole to set a "machine tree" in the top shale for the purpose of firing a shot in the middle section when a piece of the top shale fell on him. Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1902July15SouthriggLanarkUnited Collieries LtdEdward Hartley14Jigger boyOther haulage accidentsDeceased was found crushed between two loaded tubs, which had collided. The rope had left the jiggers, on one of the tubs, and apparently had not been properly fixed. The system of haulage was endless rope.  
1902July16NeilslandLanarkJohn Watson LtdHenry Graham54Waggon trimmerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysWhilst on a waggon, trimming it, a shunter let two empty waggons run forward. He wan knocked off and got run over.  
1902July16Cornsilloch No 3LanarkArchd. RussellJames Lindsay56MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902July17CowdenbeathFifeFife Coal Co LtdDavid Foulis42PlatelayerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysDeceased and another were carrying timber through a gap in a train of empty trucks standing in a siding. A number of loaded trucks were shunted into the same siding, and on buffering against the standing trucks, closed the gap and crushed deceased between the buffers, causing injuries which terminated fatally two hours afterwards.  
1902July18Earnock No 1LanarkJohn Watson LtdKazis Szoleus23MinerFalls of sideFall of coal.  
1902July19KeltyFifeFife Coal Co LtdAlexander Hodge68MinerFalls of roofDeceased worked in a longwall place adjoining a heading which was several yards in advance. While taking down coal close to the nose, a stone fell from the lip of the broken roof at the edge of the goaf, and knocked out a prop, which struck him on the side of the head, fracturing his skull.  
1902July26ClelandLanarkBarr & HigginsAndrew Pettigrew37FiremanExplosions of fire damp or coal dustSee report  
1902August1Blair No 7AyrWm Baird & Co LtdArchd Brown42Coke oven attendantOn surface – miscellaneousWhilst filling a lighted lamp from a barrel of creosote oil the oil ignited and burnt him.  
1902August1Pumpherston (Oil Shale)LinlithgowPumpherston Oil Co LtdRobert Wood29OversmanExplosions of fire damp or coal dustSee report Newspaper report - Lothian pages
Walter Wallace26Miner
James Reid36Miner
1902August1ParkheadLanarkGlasgow Iron & Steel Co LtdHerbert Robert Daughty16MinerFalls of sideA five-yard cut had been taken off a stoop in a seam 4 ft. 6 in. thick ; the props had been drawn, but the roof had not broken. Deceased and some others were commencing the second cut. As the coal appeared to be hard the miner in charge of the place had bored and charged a shot hole in it, and deceased was removing the tools, when a piece of coal burst off the face and struck him on the side. He died half an hour afterwards. Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1902August4MorningsideLanarkUnited Collieries LtdJames Muir32Haulage runnerHaulage – run over by trams & tubsThe engine for the dook haulage is situated on the surface, and rope is led down the shaft in wooden rhones. While the rake was descending the rope burst through the rhones into the shaft just as the cage was ascending, and the cage caught the rope and forced it upwards. At that moment the deceased was pushing behind the rake at a flat part of the roadway, and the sudden raising of the rake pulled the tabs back and caused them to run over him.  
1902August5Viewpark No 1LanarkR Addie & Sons Collieries LtdHenry Allander29MinerHaulage – run over by trams & tubsWhilst he was taking an empty hutch up a road a drawer lost control of his full hutch, which ran down and caused his death.  
1902August6LongriggendLanarkJames Nimmo & Co LtdWm Montgomery21RoadsmanShaft accidents – miscellaneousDeceased was engaged at the shaft bottom repairing some connections of a pump ; one foot rested on the cage and the other on a beam, when the cage was raised suddenly and he was crushed. It was not clear that the engineman received a signal to raise the cage.  
1902August8DenbeathFifeBowman & CoDavid Wilson38Washery foremanOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysA loaded waggon of dross was being brought forward to the dross hopper of coal washing machine, and as it was moving too fast, and likely to pass the hopper, deceased attempted to stop it by putting a wooden trig in front of one of the last wheels ; the wheel mounted the trig and caused the back end of the waggon to leave the rails and crash against an engine seat, at the same time crushing his head.  
1902August11Bent No 3LanarkBent Colliery CoMatthew Hosie32MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902August15Skellyton No 3LanarkUnited Collieries LtdJames Muir20MinerExplosions of fire damp or coal dustGas, which was known to be given off, accumulated at the brushing face and was ignited by a naked light. Apparently one of the deceased had taken down a screen, and this prevented the air current from playing upon the feeder

From Main body of report: The first fatal explosion happened in Skellyton Colliery and by it two men lost their lives. Fire-damp was known to be given off from a feeder at their road-head, and by blocking the airway along the coal face by a screen and erecting a hurdle screen, &c., at the road head the air current was made to play upon the brushing face and keep the gas from accumulating. The two men were alone when the explosion happened, but it is evident that they had taken down the screen placed across the face. This diverted the air current, and the fire-damp which in consequence accumulated was ignited by their naked lights. The system of trying to use naked lights in workings where fire-damp is freely given off, and at the same time prevent explosions by an elaborate use of screens, is one which is certain sooner or later to fail. Safety lamps, along with other precautions, in such circumstances ought always to be used, and in this case naked lights ought not to have been allowed. Since the explosion safety lamps have been introduced. It appears that the fireman was not in the habit of recording in his report book the presence of fire-damp unless he found a considerable accumulation. This practice of not recording gas when found in small quantity or at feeders where there is no accumulation is too common, and it cannot be too clearly understood that a fireman is bound to record the finding of gas, however small in quantity, wherever he finds it when making his inspection previous to the commencement of the shift.
William Bruce21Miner
1902August19LevenFifeFife Coal Co LtdAndrew Gordon47MinerFalls of sideDeceased was charging a shot hole in the coal in a longwall working when a large mass of coal came away suddenly and crushed him against a prop, causing injuries which terminated fatally five hours afterwards.  
1902August20DouglasLanarkColtness Iron Co LtdPeter Haughy26BrusherFalls of roofDeceased was withdrawing the last props, under the brushing, prior to a shot being fired, when the roof suddenly fell.  
1902August21WhitehillEdinburghLothian Coal CoJohn Learie30MinerFalls of roofDeceased was working at the coal face, and his neighbour at the road-head heard the coal giving signs of falling, and shouted. In falling, the coal knocked out a prop, causing the roof to fall, and deceased, in trying to escape the falling coal, ran right under the falling roof. He succumbed to his injuries next day.  
1902August21WhitehillEdinburghLothian Coal Co LtdJohn Hogg47MinerSundriesDeceased was engaged making an airway through an old level which had fallen. He filled the debris into tubs, and widened the road by taking coal off one side. Underneath a huge stone lying on the pavement was some coal, and he went under to get the coal when the stone broke in two and fatally crushed him.  
1902August22Bellfield No 3LanarkWm Barr & SonsJohn Chalmers17MinerOther haulage accidentsWhilst putting a hutch on the rails he sprained his leg. He died on 6th September, but it is doubtful if the accident was the cause of his death.  
1902August28Orbiston No 3LanarkSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoJames Neilly28Hutch menderOn surface – miscellaneousHe fell down a stair from the pithead.  
1902August28Viewpark No 2LanarkR Addie & Sons Collieries LtdWm Murray26Assistant bottomerShaft accidents – miscellaneousWhilst waiting for the descent of the cage, loaded hutches were pushed against him and he fell into the cage seat just as the cage was landing, and it crushed him  
1902September2Hill of BeathFifeFife Coal Co LtdWilliam Bruce15Pony driverFalls of roofDeceased was riding inbye in one of a set of four empty tubs. When passing round a sharp curve, the horse shied, and pulled the leading tub off the rails. It caught and pulled out some props, letting down the roof. He was killed instantaneously.  
1902September4Rosehall No10LanarkR Addie & Sons Collieries LtdPatrick McAtear30MinerFalls of roofFall of roof in waste close to his working place. He did not require to go to the spot where the accident happened. Newspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1902September8Newton No 2LanarkJames Dunlop & Co LtdJames McEwan28BrusherMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesApparently a spark from his lamp ignited compressed gunpowder which he was carrying exposed or preparing for a shot.  
1902September16WilsontownLanarkWilliam Dixon LtdJohn Lind60ShaftsmanFalling from part way downDeceased was assisting to repair a joint in the delivery pipes of the shaft pumps. Owing, it appeared, to the breaking of a piece of timber on which he was standing he fell a distance of 12 fathoms and was killed instantly.  
1902September16FortriggLanarkUnited Collieries LtdMichael McLoughlin33MinerFalls of roofDeceased had just begun to hole his coal, when a stone fell from between the face and a building and killed him instantaneously. The stone fell away from clay joints.  
1902September16SheriffyardsClackmannanAlloa Coal Co LtdGeorge Ferguson41MinerFalls of sideDeceased was about to take down his holed coal, when it suddenly fell, and striking his head killed him instantaneously.  
1902September20Montgomeriefield No 1AyrA Kenneth & SonsWm Shearer36Pony driverHaulage – ropes or chains breakingWhen starting a race of full hutches at the top of an inclined part of the horse road a coupling between the first and second hutches broke. The hutch, which was unsnibbled, ran down the incline and ran over him.  
1902September20BelhavenLanarkUnited Collieries LtdWilliam Barrie45OstlerFalling from part way downDeceased was turning off the waiter supply used for the stables, and obtained from the main rising column of pipes in the shaft, when he accidentally fell into the shaft to the bottom, a distance of 22 1/2 fathoms and was killed instantly.  
1902September22StandLanarkStand Coal CoJames Ferguson26MinerMiscellaneous underground – suffocation by natural gasesDeceased had sunk a shaft to the Musselband Coal at a depth of 7 fathoms. Operations had been conducted without artificial light, but lamps were frequently used to light shots, and no choke damp appeared to have been seen. He had however been warned by the managing owner never to descend after an interval without testing for it. The pitmouth had been closely covered with planking for 40 hours. Deceased removed the planking and descended in the kettle without a light, and on reaching the bottom was overcome by the chokedamp. He was rescued with the least possible delay, but never regained consciousness and died 7 hours afterwards.  
1902September22NewbattleEdinburghLothian Coal Co LtdWilliam Walker40MinerFalls of roofDeceased was removing the material, made from holing, from front of coal which he was about to take down, when the roof fell, bringing some coal with it, and he was crushed. He died from his injuries on 18th June, 1903.  
1902September24OakleyFifeOakley Collieries LtdThomas Reekie20DrawerFalls of roofDeceased was shovelling down some lying coals in an air-course, 6 feet wide, when a large stone fell from between two new lypes, parallel in direction, but converging upwards. A portion of it fell upon him, killing him instantly. Newspaper report - Fife pages
1902September29Rosehall No 7LanarkR Addie & Sons Collieries LtdThomas Cox60Pithead labourerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysWhilst crossing the rails he was run over by empty waggons.  
1902September29Tannochside No 1LanarkArchd. RussellWilliam Lees53MinerFalls of sideFall of overhanging head coal which he had failed to take down when instructed to do so by the manager and afterwards by the fireman. He appears to have been working beneath it while it wag not supported by sprags.  
1902October2BridgenessLinlithgowBridgeness Coal CoRichard Pettigrew40MinerFalls of roofDeceased was passing inbye to his work, and when about 76 yards from his working place the roof fell, and completely buried him. Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1902October2TownhillFifeWest of Fife Coal Co LtdWilliam Simpson27Engine fitterOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysTwo waggons loaded with slates were about to be lowered down a short incline, by means of a stationary engine, to be emptied at a lower level, and deceased volunteered to sprag them. When they were on the move he attempted to put a prop, 4 feet 6 inches long, into the back wheel of the second waggon, and it apparently missed, and coming round struck him and threw him in front of the van, which passed partly over him. He managed to put one sprag, which was also an ordinary prop, into the back wheel of the first waggon. Newspaper Report - Fife pages
1902October3Blair No 2 (Ironstone)AyrWm Baird & Co LtdWm. John Malcolmson50MinerExplosions of fire damp or coal dustGas accumulated in a hole caused by a fall, and which had not been properly inspected by the fireman. It was ignited by the naked light of the deceased's son, who was also injured.

From Main body of report: The second fatal explosion occurred in No. 2 Pit Blair, which is an ironstone mine. A fall of roof occurred near the working face, and in the cavity thereby formed gas had accumulated, and it ignited at the naked light of the son of the man who was fatally injured. Gas had been found in the cavity previously, and the miners were given by the fireman a safety lamp with which to examine it. The fireman admitted that he had not examined the top of the cavity on the morning of the explosion, which was a grave neglect on his part.
1902October6Bardykes No 1LanarkMerry & Cunninghame LtdMichael Doyle15MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902October7North Cobbinshaw (Coal & Limestone)EdinburghJohn Baird & CoJohn Sinclair40MinerFalls of sideThe coal is worked first and afterward the limestone is dropped. Deceased was engaged taking down the latter, when a piece weighing about 10 cwts. fell and crushed him.  
1902October7CarmuirStirlingCarmuir Coal Co LtdJames Thomson15MinerOther haulage accidentsDeceased was following his father, who was taking his last tub for the day down a cut chain cuddy brae, dipping 1 in 4. A partially filled tub was ranced up at braehead. The chain appeared to have knocked out the rance and set this tub in motion. It overtook deceased, crushed him against a prop, and broke his neck. Newspaper reports - Stirlingshire accidents
1902October9Clyde Townlands No 7LanarkWilson's & Clyde Coal Co LtdMungo Kirkland38Chain runnerHaulage – ropes or chains breakingA coupling gave way and he was crushed against the side of the road. Another man was injured. Newspaper Report - Hamilton pages
1902October10Neilston No 3StirlingJames Wood LtdJohn Gorian18DrawerOther haulage accidentsWhilebeing lowered down a dook to their work in bogies, with the engine out of gear, the break failed to act and the bogies ran away. Other three men were injured. Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
Hugh Bowie30Miner
1902October20FallahillLinlithgowUnited Collieries LtdJames Patrick57FiremanMiscellaneous underground – by underground firesSee report Newspaper report - Lothian pages
John Russell32Brusher
Adam Cook16Drawer
James Pettigrew42Brusher
1902October20LumphinnansFifeFife Coal Co LtdRobert Izatt18MinerFalls of roofDeceased had taken a loaded tub down a longwall heading for a distance of 30 yards, and was drawing the snibbles on the level, when a stone, 12 feet by 7 feet 6 inches at extremes and averaging 31/2 inches in thickness, suddenly fell from the roof. Part of it struck him and fractured the base of his skull. He succumbed ten days afterwards. Newspaper report - Beath pages
1902October20Rosehall No 12LanarkR Addie & Sons Collieries LtdPatrick Brannan36MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902October24Bothwell Castle No 2LanarkWm Baird & Co LtdJohn McKeown45FiremanHaulage – run over by trams & tubsWhilst he was crossing a haulage road a runaway hutch caught him.  
1902November2Dumbreck No 3StirlingWm Baird & Co LtdAlexander Ross36RoadsmanFalling from part way downHe fell down the shaft from a mid-working which was not in use. Apparently he was crossing the shaft on a bunton to reach the signal wire, and either missed his footing and fell or the cage came down and knocked him off  
1902November4KeltyFifeFife Coal Co LtdAlexander Anderson15DrawerFalls of roofDeceased was pulling down some coal at the face of a longwall working, when a large stone fell from the roof close to the coalhead, and killed him instantly. The roof was barred to within 3 feet of the face, and the outer edge of the stone was formed by a keen lype which cut the roof immediately on the inside of the bar nearest to the face.  
1902November4Drum (Fireclay & Ganister)StirlingBonnybridge Silica & Fireclay CoJohn Buchanan43MinerMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesThe seam is worked in three divisions, top. mid, and bottom. Deceased had bored and charged a hole in the mid division, the quantity of gunpowder being about 2 lbs. He used a paper squib, made up by himself in the mine, and to it he attached a wick in the usual way. When everything was ready he put his light to the match, when the shot exploded just as he turned to go. He died from his injuries six days afterwards. Deceased had apparently ignited the squib instead of the match.  
1902November7Newliston (Oil Shale)LinlithgowYoung's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Co LtdJohn Alexander33RepairerSundriesDeceased and another workman put up a "cuddie" wheel to run the shale to the level below. In running the first tub some difficulty was experienced, and they, assisted by the miner who worked in the place, began to pull the chain, when the whole erection collapsed and he was struck by a falling prop and killed instantaneously. The instructions to deceased and his neighbour, who erected all the "cuddie" wheels in the mine, were to "stamp " the legs into roof and pavement: but on the suggestion of the miner, who was in a hurry, they put a crown to the roof and drove the legs hard on it, instead of stamping the roof as instructed.  
1902November11West LongriggLanarkDarngavil Coal Co LtdJohn Menzies35MinerFalls of roofDeceased was setting some breaking props at a longwall roadhead while his brother was boring a machine hole for a brushing shot. A stone, 3 feet 11 inches by 1 foot 7 inches by 2 feet 1 inch which it was intended to blast down, suddenly fell from between two parallel and nearly vertical joints, and killed deceased instantly.  
1902November12Dalmeny (Oil Shale)LinlithgowDalmeny Oil Co LtdJames Scullion30MinerFalls of roofDeceased and others were making a roadway through waste, when the roof suddenly fell.  
1902November13ArnistonEdinburghArniston Coal Co LtdGeorge Kerr72MinerHaulage – run over by trams & tubsDeceased was proceeding along an endless haulage way on his way to the shaft after his shift was over, and stumbled in front of a moving loaded tub.  
1902November15OakleyFifeOakley Collieries LtdJohn Lindsay28MinerFalls of roofDeceased had apparently been resting at his working face, when the roof fell on him. The stone fell away by parallel lypes. The roof was well supported with props.  
1902November18PrestongrangeHaddingtonSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoWilliam Walters14Haulage attendantHaulage – run over by trams & tubsDeceased by some means fell in front of a moving loaded tub, and was pushed in front of it for a considerable distance, and before he was released, a runaway tub crashed against the tub under which the boy lay, causing it to pass over him. The place of accident was at a steep part of the roadway.  
1902November21Thankerton No 3LanarkJohn McAndrew & CoMatthew Smith28MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902November21NorthfieldHaddingtonNorthfield Coal Co LtdArthur O'Neil33OversmanFalling into shaft from surfaceThe pump in a sinking shaft had been lowered, and to prevent the water rising a water-chest fixed on a cage had been requisitioned. Deceased and several other workmen were engaged taking the chest off at the lower surface level, and he pushed behind while the others pulled, and when it swung out clear of shaft he, having no hold, fell into the shaft to the bottom, a distance of 73 1/2 fathoms.  
1902November24Cadzow No 3LanarkCadzow Coal CoJas. Earlie34Prop drawerFalls of roofFall of roof while drawing props.  
1902November27WellsgreenFifeFife Coal Co LtdPeter Webster63MinerFalls of roofDeceased was preparing coal near the face for his drawer, when the roof suddenly fell.  
1902December1Cousland (Oil Shale)LinlithgowPumpherston Oil Co LtdRobert Hogans23MinerFalls of sideDeceased was working off some shale broken by a shot, in a seam 8 feet thick, with a dip of 28°. A large piece of shale came away unexpectedly and struck him, causing a compound fracture of the thigh. He succumbed to his injuries nine hours afterwards. Newspaper report - Lothians pages
1902December1East Plean No 3StirlingPlean Colliery CoDaniel McLeod33RoadsmanExplosions of fire damp or coal dustThe deceased appears to have gone into a disused place for a private purpose, when his naked light ignited fire-damp.

From Main body of report: The third fatal explosion took place in East Plean Colliery. It is not known exactly where or how the fire-damp accumulated, but the deceased roadsman seems to have gone a short distance off the main road into a disused place when his naked light ignited some gas.
Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1902December1GlencraigFifeWilson's & Clyde Coal Co LtdJohn Parker35MinerOther haulage accidentsDeceased worked in a heading on which, owing to its steepness, the tubs had to be run on the self-acting incline principle. The empty tub left the rails, and as soon as he re-railed it, it ran away at a high speed and struck him before he was clear. Newspaper report - Ballingry pages
1902December3DurieFifeFife Coal Co LtdWilliam Raeburn57RepairerFalls of roofDeceased was repairing a longwall road, when the roof suddenly fell, completely burying him. The fall, which extended 5 yards along the road, and across its whole width, was apparently due to a lype which was not visible until the accident had taken place.  
1902December4PrestongrangeHaddingtonSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoPatrick Gallagher15Assistant bottomerSundriesDeceased attended to a hoist, used to raise and lower tubs for the speedier loading and discharging the cages at the shaft bottom. While discharging his duties a nozzle broke and hoist cage caught his head and killed him instantaneously.  
1902December11Highhouse No 1AyrWm Baird & Co LtdJas Duncan23Assistant bottomerShaft accidents – miscellaneousWhilst drawing an empty hutch off the cage he was either struck by something falling down the shaft or he fell backwards and fractured his skull on the flange of the point plate.  
1902December17Blackhill No 9 (Ironstone)LanarkSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoFrancis Dorans15LabourerOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysWhilst taking a hutch down an incline to ironstone bing he was overtaken and run over by another which he had not snibbled, and which was set in motion by a third hutch striking it. He had been forbidden to take hutches down the incline.  
1902December18New CraighallEdinburghNiddrie & Benhar Coal Co LtdJohn Campbell40MinerOther haulage accidentsDeceased worked in a heading on which it was necessary to run the tubs on the self-acting incline principle. At the top the gradient fell to 1 in 28, and the empty tub, ready to be filled, stood with the front wheels over the rail ends, and slightly lower than the back ones. A shot was lighted at the coal face and deceased retired to the level road, 84 feet distant; as soon as the shot exploded he stepped into his own road to allow a tub from the level face to pass out, when his tub came down and crushed him against the stoop side. The shot was a blown out one, and evidently the concussion had disturbed the tub and caused it to move toward the steep part of the road. There was no sprag or snibble in the tub.  
1902December19Cadzow No 2LanarkCadzow Coal CoCharles Welsh50MinerFalls of roofFall of roof at working face.  
1902December20DarngavilLanarkDarngavil Coal Co LtdEdward Bell42MinerShaft accidents – whilst ascending or descending by machineryDeceased with his son and his drawer reached the shaft at a mid working after their day's work was over, and as there was no one present to attend to the signals he signalled to get up. When the cage arrived his son and the drawer got on, and just as he stepped on the cage, it was suddenly raised and he was thrown back against the gate used to protect the shaft and fell into the shaft to the bottom, a distance of 12 fathoms, whereby he was killed instantaneously. The bottomer was on the surface.  
1902December21Straiton (Limestone)EdinburghClippens Lime Co LtdAlexander Hodge56ForemanOther haulage accidentsThe limestone is lowered by means of a very steep self-acting inclined plane, and deceased and a miner pushed over a loaded tub in the absence of the man who attended to the brake at the wheel, with the result that the loaded tub ran rapidly down, and deceased, in attempting to escape from the ascending empty tub, ran in its way and was struck by it, causing him to be thrown violently forward, whereby his face came into contact with a stone, inflicting injuries to which he succumbed three days afterwards.  
1902December21LochgellyFifeLochgelly Iron & Coal Co LtdJames Wilson20SinkerFalling from part way downDeceased was said to have been steadying a hanging scaffold in a sinking shaft while his brother climbed the chains by which it was attached to a rope from a hand crane in order to shift the attachment to another rope worked by a steam crane. Deceased apparently lost his balance, and fell a distance of about 88 fathoms. Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1902December22Bourtreehill, Capringstone No 7AyrBourtreehill Coal CoJohn Banks14Haulage enginemanOn surface – railways, sidings or tramwaysWhilst illegally spragging a waggon with a 4-feet prop, the sprag knocked him in front of the wheel, which went over him.

From Main body of report: Only one of these [fatal accidents on railways] can be attributed to a breach of the regulations, and that happened to the son of the manager of the mine when he illegally attempted to sprag a moving waggon with a 4-feet prop, instead of the short pointed sprag prescribed by the special rules.
1902December22Drumpeller No 3 and 4LanarkSummerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel CoWm Stevenson37MachinemanFalls of roofFall of roof at working face. The props had been temporarily removed to let the machine pass.  
1902December22CroftheadLinlithgowUnited Collieries LtdJohn Kirk29MinerFalls of roofDeceased was taking down some coal at the roadhead in a longwall working, when a large stone fell upon him from the face of the brushing, causing injuries to which he succumbed two days afterwards. Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1902December24PhilpstounLinlithgowJames Ross & CoRobert Barnes50MinerMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesThree shots were prepared, one in the bottom charged with 1 ½ lbs. of gunpowder, one in the top charged with 1lb. of gunpowder, and one in the centre, as a "yankee" or holing shot charged with about 2 lbs. of gunpowder. Deceased apparently ignited the bottom shot first, and in lighting the centre shot he was delayed as the fuse was difficult to catch : in lighting the fuse of the top shot, which was immediately above the bottom one, the latter exploded and he was thrown down the upset, a distance of about 40 feet. He was alone in the section at the time, he having sent his drawer home, and with his body badly injured and a fractured leg, he crawled in the dark a distance of 160 feet, the greater part rising 1 in 4, until he attracted the attention of some workmen passing in to their work. He died twenty hours afterwards. Deceased, and the miners generally in the mine, were of opinion that the black tape fuse in use, ran one foot per minute, whereas by experiment it runs two feet per minute. Newspaper report - Lothian pages
1902December24BrownhouseLanarkHaughhead Coal CoSamuel Dinning29MinerMiscellaneous underground – by explosivesWhile charging a shot hole with compressed gunpowder it went off. Another man was injured. It is suspected that he was forcing the cartridges in.  
1902December31DalbeathFifeFife Coal Co LtdJames Ditchburn, jun31MinerShaft accidents – whilst ascending or descending by machineryThe bottomer had ascended to the surface for a bag of corn. While he was instructing the engineman to raise the cage from the surface to the upper scaffold, deceased and his father came outbye to pit bottom at the close of their shift. Finding neither bottomer nor cage there, they signalled for a cage, and immediately afterwards the dip cage was lowered, owing to the rise cage being raised to the upper scaffold. The engineman raised the latter cage a few inches too far, and then set it back, and deceased assuming that the return signal bell was out of order, and that the shaking of the dip cage was intended as a return signal, placed his father on it, pulled the signal lever and was in the act of following, when the cage was raised, crushing him against the door-heads and dragging him some distance up the shaft. He fell back to pit bottom and was killed instantly.. Newspaper report - Beath pages


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