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Fatal Accidents 1925
This list contains some information from the Inspectors of Mines report for this year. This report does not detail all accidents during the year and does not give any names. We have attempted to identify the names of those killed but most as as yet unidentified. We welcome information on deaths not listed on this page - please complete a submission form  If the name of the pit is not stated in records, we have recorded this as NK with the miner's usual residence added as an approximate indicator of area

Statistics for 1925 - From the Report of the HM Inspector of Mines for 1927 - Scottish Division
Total 153 accidents resulting in 162 deaths
Explosions of firedamp or coal dust – 3 accidents/ 7 deaths
Falls of side & roof – 80 accidents/ 82 deaths
Shaft accidents – 7 accidents/ 10 deaths
Underground haulage accidents – 28 accidents/ 28 deaths
Misc. Underground accident – 21 accidents/ 21 deaths
On surface – 14 accidents/ 14 deaths

Currently this page lists 190 fatalities 
This page contains fatalities sourced from the Registers/Indexes of Fatal Accident Inquiries.  These records do not list the date of death, only the date of the FAI records.  Dates of death will be added when time and finances permit, meantime undated records from this source are highlighted with a blue background at the foot of the main table

YearMonthDayCollieryForenameSurname Extra Information/Sources (Including information from Inspectors report where available)
1925January2Dunnikier CollieryJohnMethvenNewspaper report - Fife pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Dunnikier Colliery, Fife, a contractor brusher was preparing to set a bar to support the roof where a fall had occurred on a haulage road, when a bar, next the edge of the fall, broke and a stone fell on him. His spine was fractured and he died 23 days later. If a centre prop had been set as a temporary support to the bar, in accordance with the instructions posted at the pithead, the accident would probably have been avoided.
1925January6BredisholmWilliamRhindsNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1925 January12KamesGeorgeThomsonNewspaper Report - Muirkirk pages
1925January13Blairenbathie CollieryJohnFowlerFAI NAS - died as result of spinal caries which may have been connected to an injury in a pit on 29 January 1923
1925January14Muiredge CollieryColinSimonNewspaper report - Fife pages
1925January18Portland Colliery, Kirkstyle PitAlexanderCampbell Portland Accident page
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Explosion See Main Page
1925January20Aitken CollieryJohnCowanNewspaper report - Beath pages
1925January23Devon CollieryRobertHunter Newsaper report - Clackmannan pages
1925January24Canderside CollieryJohnFergusonNewspaper report - Dalserf pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Canderside Colliery, Lanark, a brusher was killed by a fall of while he was working at brushing the floor of a main road. He had removed the roof supports, fired a shot and continued to work under this portion of the roof, after being warned that it unsafe, without securing it in any way. This accident demonstrates that attention to safety should take precedence of other work. Deceased should have secured the roof first, and the brushing could have waited until he had done so.
1925January25Mary CollieryRobertReidNewspaper report - Ballingry pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Underground Haulage Accident At Lochore Colliery, Fife, a motorman and a tail runner were pulling at a 1/2 in. wire rope in order to get sufficient slack to enable them to attach the rope to a train of full tubs. Both men were pricked on the legs by broken wires. The tail runner bathed his wound with Lysol as soon as he got home, but the motorman neglected his injury, which became septic, and he died from blood poisoning.
1925January26East Plean CollieryJohnAngusNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Underground Haulage Accident At East Plean Colliery, Stirling, a pumper and nine other workmen were riding to the pit bottom on a train of tubs, without permission, when the tubs left the track the pumper was thrown out of the tub and so crushed about the ribs and head that he expired in a few minutes.
1925January26DewshillSamuelArmstrongNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1925January26Shettleston 3/4 CollieryPatrickFannanNewspaper report - Old Monkland pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Explosives At Shettleston 3/4 Colliery, Lanark, a contractor brusher lighted two shots together. He had trouble with the second fuse and retired to shelter thinking it was not lit. After the first shot had off he went back immediately with the intention of lighting the other, but it exploded in his face and killed him instantly. There was no need for the shots to be fired simultaneously. It was a case of a life thrown away for the sake of saving a few minutes. It should be known, and generally is known, that if an attempt has been made to light a shot and it fails to explode at its proper time, it must be treated as a missed-fire shot. At several naked light mines where the workmen fire their shots, a rule has been adopted that not more than one shot may be charged or fired at a time in any individual place, and I commend this rule to everyone who desires to eliminate these distressing accidents, which, when they are not mortal, often result in blindness.
1925January29Lady VictoriaAndrew Archibald BrownAllanRegister of FAI - crushed between three runaway hutches and a road conveyor
1925February2Cowdenbeath No 10 CollieryWilliamM'ArthurNewspaper report - Beath pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall Cowdenbeath No. 10 Colliery, Fife.—At a junction, 30 yards from the face of a 3-ft. seam, three men were waiting for empty tubs when, without warning, they were buried under a heavy fall of roof. The fall, which extended up the slope road, measured 33ft long and and weighed about 40 tons. A heavy girder and nine bars were displaced. One man was killed instantly by the falling girder and another died before he could be extricated. The third man was severely bruised. The fall was probably caused by some side giving way and displacing one of the legs under the girder. The bars were needled into the road side and were not supported on legs. A junction is a place where special care in supporting the roof is necessary. The area of roof exposed is necessarily large and the exigencies of traffic prevent props being set under the bars for the whole width of the side road. The ends of the bars have to be supported by a carrying bar and, if this gives way, the whole erection collapses. In specially weak strata, as in this case, two girders of ample section might be set and the bars arranged so that a proportion of them was supported by each carrying girder, and each girder should be supported by two props at each end or else it should run over a wooden pillar built into the road.
1925February3Burnside Fireclay pitJohnHughesRegister of FAI - fall of material from roof of working place
1925February9Frankfield Colliery ShettlestonHenryKerrRegister of FAI - dragged by haulage rope against drum at top of haulage brae
1925February9Valleyfield CollieryGeorgeWhyteNewspaper report - Fife pages (Natural causes)
1925February11No 11 Lumphinnans CollieryAlexanderBurtNewspaper report - Beath pages
1925February14No 1 Lumphinnans CollieryWilliamBaxterNewspaper report - Beath pages
1925February14Oxenford CollieryJohn KerrDavidsonRegister of FAI - fall of large stone
1925February17RiddochhillRichard SmithYatesFAI record - NAS "Richard Smith Yates, joiner, 26 Paulville Rows, Bathgate, died on 17 February 1925 in Riddochhill Colliery, Bathgate Parish, Linlithgowshire, when he was caught by a driving shaft and dragged round it" Newspaper report - Lothians pages
1925February17ThankertonJohnLoganRegister of FAI - fall of stone
1925February17Blackhill CollieryJames LoganGormalNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall Blackhill Colliery, Lanark.—A miner and his son were working in a longwall place which had been standing for six months until the previous day. The fireman, on visiting the place, found both of them buried by a fall in the roadway, 12 ft. from the face. They had probably been putting the tub rails right when they were caught. The fall, weighing 18cwt., came from the roof and disclosed a greasy lype. The bars were 6 ft. apart, and the stone fell between them without disturbing any of the roof supports.
Samuel LoganGormal
1925 February 17 Bent Colliery James Browne Register of FAI - knocked down by waggons
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Sundries At Bent Colliery, Lanark, a labourer who was walking along a railway siding stepped in front of a train of loaded wagons and was killed.
1925 February 18 Cameron No 3 Colliery James Robb Register of FAI - struck and crushed by bogie
1925 February 23 Earnock Colliery Lancelot Bell Register of FAI - fall of coal
1925 February 25 Bothwell Park Colliery Matas Poderis Register of FAI - fall of stone
1925 February 25 Prestonlinks Robert Taylor Newspaper report - Lothians pages
1925February27Carriden CollieryJamesM'CabeNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Explosion At Carriden Colliery, Linlithgow, two miners were taken by the Manager and Under-Manager to commence driving a road in a seam which had been cut by a stone mine some eight months before. As it was a leading place and gas had been seen in it, the men were only allowed to work with safety lamps, but were permitted to use gunpowder for blasting, with fuses ignited by matches. The result of these remarkable arrangements was seen a week later when one of the miners struck a match to light two shots. There was an explosion which burnt the two miners badly and injured two drawers at the other end of the stone mine. The man who struck the match was an old man, and his injuries terminated a week later.
1925 March 1 Redford Colliery, Muiravonside Michael McGeedie Register of FAI - struck by brake handle of electric motor haulage engine which knocked his head against roof
1925March3Lindsay CollieryRobertRussellNewspaper report - Beath pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Lindsay Colliery, Fife, a fireman and an oversman were inspecting a longwall face where a level was just cutting across a rising road. The place had been standing idle for four days waiting to be brushed and the packs were a long way back from the face. They had set two props to make the place more secure when a large flat stone knocked out these two and another prop, fatally injuring the fireman. This accident might have been avoided if the place had not been kept standing for four days with a great area of exposed and unsupported roof. It is bad for the roof of any longwall place to stand and, when an excessive area is not properly supported there should be no delay in sending brushers to get the buildings put up.
1925March6Loanhead CollieryJohnHendrieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Shaft Accident At Loanhead Colliery, Edinburgh, part of the workings had become flooded owing to the collapse of a pumping shaft and, to prevent further flooding, two steam pumps were being fitted in an inclined shaft. A mechanic was fetched from a colliery 40 miles away to do the work. He laboured for 22 hours continuously and got the pumps going. Completely exhausted, wet through, and nearly asleep, he never heard the warning given to him by another man and walked straight into the shaft from the level in which the pump had been installed. He had no light except that from the lamp of the man behind. He fell 860 ft. on a gradient of 62 deg. into the water. There had been a fence at the shaft edge, but it had been removed and not replaced when the pump was brought into the level.
1925March9Valleyfield CollieryAlexanderMillarArticle in Dunfermline Journal 16 May 1925 – not yet transcribed
1925 March 10 No 2 Pit, Bothwellpark Colliery Juozapas Domenicaytis Register of FAI - head crushed between conveyor pan and adjoining prop
1925March13Mossend Colliery,  GorebridgeHughCullenRegister of FAI - fall of coal and blaes
1925 March 18 Viewpark Colliery Andrew Ritchie Register of FAI - fall of coal and stone
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: May be undated accident listed at foot of table under Viewpark colliery
1925March21Valleyfield CollierySamuelAnstisNewspaper report - Fife pages
1925March23Lingerwood Pit, NewtongrangeThomasForbesRegister of FAI - instantaneously killed by fall of quantity of coal
1925March24KippsbyreGeorgeMorrisRegister of FAI - fall of quantity of material from roof
1925 March 30 Bothwell Castle Colliery Kazimeras Szunokas Register of FAI - crushed between front hutch of empty rake and framework of haulage wheel
1925March31DreghornWilliamToward Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1925April1PumpherstonJamesYoungFAI record – NAS "James Young, haulage clipper, 195 Mid Street, Broxburn, died on 1 April 1925 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on the same day in No. 4 Mine, Pumpherston, when he lost control of his hutch which then ran into stationery hutches causing him to be thrown off his"
1925April3Loganlea CollieryRobertLaingNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Sundries At Loganlea Colliery, Edinburgh, the pitheadman was in charge of the fan engine, which was in a locked house, the key being kept in the winding engine house. The fan engine was only visited every few hours for oiling purposes. The belt came off the pulleys and the engine began to race. The man in charge got the key and tried to shut steam off at the valve, but the engine had by then attained a terrific speed. He became scared and was bolting outside when the flywheel burst. The house was wrecked and a large portion of the rim of the fly-wheel struck the man, driving him right through the 9-in. brick gable end. The governor of the fan engine had been inoperative for years. This was rectified after the accident.
1925April5ArmadalePhilip RossWarkFAI record – NAS "Philip Ross Wark, oncost-worker, 26 High Academy Street, Armadale, died on 5 April 1925 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from inuries sustained on 27 March 1925 in No. 15 Pit, Armadale Colliery, Armadale, West Lothian, when he struck the middle finger of his left hand with a hammer resulting in septicaemia"
1925April6St Flannan's KirkintillochHughKellyRegister of FAI - crushed beneath a stone weighing about 4 cwt which had fallen from roof
1925April8BlairmuckhillJohnWrightNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1925April14RosslynWilliamCairnsNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1925April18Robroyston CollieryJohnDurneyRegister of FAI - fall of roof while he was examining the haulage road
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Robroyston Colliery, Lanark, a rake of seven full hutches ran down an endless rope haulage road dipping 1 in 5, got off the rails, and knocked out the legs from under the roof girders on one side of the road, letting down a fall of roof. The place was shortly afterwards examined by the Manager and the fireman, and a roadsman was ordered to set fresh legs under the girders and to clear up the fall. He was warned both by the Manager and the fireman that there was a dangerous loose stone resting on one girder and was told to watch it carefully. The Manager went away to send further help to the roadsman. The latter almost immediately went over the fall to examine, when the girder reeled over, letting down the stone which pinned him to the ground and killed him. Had deceased obeyed instructions and not approached this stone until he had repaired the other part of the roof, this accident would not have happened.
1925April19Shale Mine, DuddingstonJamesCannonFAI record – NAS "James Cannon, shale miner, 74 Castle Terrace, Winchburgh, died on 19 April 1925 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 18 April 1925 in No. 3 Shale Mine, Duddingston, Abercorn Parish, West Lothian, when a piece of shale fell upon him"
1925May2Westwood Shale MineHerbertGrahamNewspaper report - Lothians pages
NAS: Fatal Accident Inquiry: Herbert Graham, miner's drawer, 5 Oakbank Cottages, Westwood, died on 2 May 1925 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 1 May 1925 in Westwood Shale Pit, Livingston Parish, West Lothian, when a quantity of shale fell upon him
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Westwood Shale Mine, Linlithgow, a drawer was watching the faceman lever down a layer of top shale which had been shaken by shots. The place was 11 ft. high and, when the shale fell, a large piece knocked out a long prop, which struck the drawer on the side of the head, and fractured his skull.
1925May5Brownlee No 2JohnThomson, sen.Newspaper report - Caluke 1925 page
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Overwinding The only accident involving more than one death was an overwind at Brownlee No. 2 Pit, Lanark, on 5th May. A formal investigation was held by Mr. H. Walker, C.B.E., H.M. Chief Inspector of Mines, into the circumstances of this accident and his report has been published. It is unnecessary therefore to say more here than that the winding engineman started the cage containing four men from the pit bank level in the wrong direction, the overwind preventer failed to stop the cage, the detaching hook failed to support it, and the men were dashed to death at the bottom of the shaft. Mr. Walker's report, with its valuable recommendations, should be in the possession of every Colliery Manager and Colliery Engineer.
JohnThomson, jun.
1925 May 17 Glencraig Robert Twaddle Carr Natural causes
1925 May 18 Hattonrigg William John Henry NAS FAI & death cert - Run over by loaded waggon during shunting operations
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Sundries At Hattonrigg Colliery, Lanark, a shunter slipped and was run over when he was coupling wagons which were being bumped up
1925 May 18 Prestonlinks Colliery John Blair Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925May24Bowhill CollieryJamesArthurArticle in Dunfermline Journal 5 December 1925 - not yet transcribed
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Underground Haulage Accident Three haulage fatalities occurred at Bowhill Colliery, Fife. In the first case four men were walking up a steep dook on their way home when the haulage started. Instead of taking refuge one man continued on his way, was caught by the tubs, knocked down, and fatally injured.
1925May24Polmaise CollieryAlexanderMortonRegister of FAI - Septicaemia after crush injury to left hand by fall of stone
1925May26Bowhill CollieryWilliamMorrisonNewspaper report - Auchterderran pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Underground Haulage Accident Three haulage fatalities occurred at Bowhill Colliery, Fife. In the second case a boy was presumably clearing the rail in front of a rake of seven tubs when it was bumped forward by a second rake entering the siding and the boy was trapped by the neck between a tub and a prop. There was very little room in the siding for even a boy to keep out of danger.
1925June2ViewfieldRobertMcMeechanNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1925June3Lumphinnans CollieryJohnFerrans or FearnsNewspaper report - Beath pages
1925June6Lady Helen Pit, Dundonald CollieryGeorgePatersonNewspaper report - Auchterderran pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Lady Helen Pit, Dundonald Colliery, Fife, a machineman was at the front end of a coal cutting machine, when, without warning, a stone fell from the roof on to his back and killed him. The fall was 6 ft. long, 4 ft. wide, and 15 in. thick, and weighed about 30 cwts. It came from between two unseen parallel lypes approximately at right angles to the face. No timber was displaced. The systematic use of straps might have saved the machineman's life.
1925June16WilsontownJohnCarswellNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1925June18Fauldhead 1 and 2 CollieryJamesBrownNewspaper report - Dumfriesshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Explosives At Fauldhead 1 and 2 Colliery, Dumfries, a miner was working alone in a heading 12 ft. wide by 4 ft. high in a naked light section. The shots were fired with detonators and fuse by the men themselves. He had two coal holes bored and the fireman came in and gave him two detonators. One shot was fired successfully and deceased stemmed and lit the second shot. A miss-fire occurred and the miner waited over an hour before going back to the shot hole. He had not been back long before the shot exploded and inflicted such terrible injuries that he died three days later. It is not known whether deceased tampered with the shot, as he was working alone.
1925 June 18 Robroyston Colliery John Nelson Register of FAI - drawn into a brickmaking machine, carried by it and thrown against a wall
1925 June 20 Woolmet Colliery Alexander Leslie Register of FAI - fall of large stone
1925 June 21 Wilsontown Colliery John Carsewell Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1925June23Prestonlinks CollieryJohnMuirNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall  At Prestonlinks Colliery, Haddington, a miner set a defective prop with a bad foot piece against a part of the roof which he knew was broken. Whilst he was working under this part the prop fell out, and a stone, weighing about 15 cwt., fell on to him. His skull was fractured and he died two hours later.
1925 June 26 No 1 Craig Pit, Kilmaurs John McPhail Register of FAI - caught by feet and legs in revolving disc of a coal cutting machine
1925June  Ladysmith, SA (native of Hamilton)PeterWhiskersNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
1925July6Douglas CollieryJohnGrayNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Shaft Accident At Douglas Colliery, Lanark, a shaftsman was assisting to loosen the bolts of a big delivery pipe in the shaft. After trying to remove an old bracket at the end of the shaft he decided to let it remain and use it as a support for the temporary scaffold. When he stepped on the scaffold the bracket gave way and he was precipitated 30ft. down the shaft on to a permanent platform and was fatally injured. Such accidents could be prevented by the use of safety belts.
1925July7Wellesley CollieryAlexanderPrydeNewspaper report - Fife pages
1925July9Shale Mine, DuddingstonAlexanderKingFAI record – NAS "Alexander King, shale miner, 3 Castle Road, Winchburgh, died on 9 July 1925 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on the same day in No. 3 Shale Mine, Duddingston, when he was struck by a runaway hutch"
1925 July 9 No 5 Shale Mine, Cobbinshaw Robert Hogg Register of FAI - fall of shale
1925July11BurghleeAlexanderGrayRegister of FAI - struck on the head by a descending cage
1925July13KenmuirhillJohnJonesRegister of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925July15FoulshielsAdamTierneyNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1925July16Bowhill CollieryPeterKenneyRegister of FAI - struck on the head by the haulage rope
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Underground Haulage Accident Three haulage fatalities occurred at Bowhill Colliery, Fife. In the third instance two men were at a curve replacing rollers which had been knocked out by a derailed tub. Unfortunately one man sat on the inside of the curve and when the rope slipped off the rollers he was caught under the chin and flung against a brick wall.
1925 July 17 No 1 Pit Bothwell Castle Colliery Yonas Stangel Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Possible match with undated accident at Bothwell Castle Colliery listed below
1925July24Aitken CollieryThomasThomsonNewspaper report - Beath pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Sundries At Aitken Colliery, Fife, in the central power station, a transformer had been moved to a new position and was being connected up. It was discovered by test to be out of phase, and some connections required changing. The transmission lines superintendent went to make the parts dead, but a linesman, not hearing or not understanding what had been said, touched the bare connections at 3000 volts and was instantly electrocuted. Both men were skilled electricians, and the accident was a pure mishap, although it should not have taken place.
1925July31EarnockJamesMcKennaNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925:  There is an accident listed for Earnock, but this cannot be definitively linked to this accident - see below
1925August5Dunsyston Coal MineAlexanderStevensonRegister of FAI -  struck and crushed by runaway hutches
1925August10Rosehall CollieryRobertGardnerRegister of FAI -  run over by railway waggons at the screening plant
1925August10Eastfield CollieryRichardTobbinNewspaper report - New Monkland pages
1925August10No 10, CowdenbeathJosephO'DonnellNewspaper report - Beath pages With thanks to Angela Boyle for providing details of this death certificate.
1925 August 12 Prestonlinks Robert Ayton (formerly Aitken) Register of FAI - Fall of coal
1925August13WanlockheadGeorgeDallingNewspaper report - Lead mining pages
1925August19Little Raith CollieryJamesTorranceNewspaper report - Beath pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Suffocation by natural gases  At Little Raith Colliery, Lochhead Pit, Fife, two brushers were laying rails and required a curved turn rail. They told the fireman and he went down an old dook to procure one. When he did not return after three quarters of an hour they went to look for him, and found his tallow lamp resting on the end of a tub just outside a fence at the top of the lower portion of the dook. His body was lying some distance beyond the fence down the old road. The fireman knew that the dook contained an accumulation of blackdarnp which would extinguish his light, and he had left his lamp in fresh air where it would afford him a little illumination whilst he went down on his self-imposed, but foolhardy, errand. He would probably turn back when he felt himself being overcome and the extra exertion of walking uphill, possibly in a panic, would cause collapse when almost within reach of safety. There was a suitable spare rail within 200 yards of where it was required, and it seems that once more a life was lost for the sake of saving a few minutes.

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On 19th August at Lochhead Pit, Little Raith Colliery, Cowdenbeath, a fireman went past a fence and down a dook into dangerous blackdamp for the purpose of fetching a special rail. He failed to return and when his absence was discovered two miners attempted to rescue him. Working, perforce, with only the illumination from lamps outside the fence, for they had no electric lamps, these men, Alexander Burden, Senr., and John Mathieson, succeeded in reaching the body and dragging it half way to fresh air before they became exhausted and had to relinquish the task. With only a very short rest in fresh air they returned and got the victim out, but it was too late to save life. Both men were awarded an honorary certificate and a sum of £20 by the Trustees for their meritorious action.
1925August20PrioryThomasRitchieNewspaper report - Blantyre pages
1925August21BalbardieWilliam HeepsWhitefieldFAI record – NAS "William Heeps Whitefield, oncost worker, 2 Balgrochan Terrace, Bathgate, died on 21 August 1925 at Longmore Hospital for Incurables, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 30 April 1925 in No.2 Balbardie Pit, Hopetoun Colliery, Bathgate, when a stone fell upon him"
1925August22CowdenbeathAlexanderDunnNewspaper report - Beath pages
1925August31Auchinraith CollieryJamesDuddyNewspaper report - Blantyre pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall  At Auchinraith Colliery, Lanark, a miner was shovelling out the cuttings from under machine cut coal when a piece of stone, 16 ft. long, 5 ft. wide, and 10 in. thick, fell from the roof and killed him instantly. The place was approaching a small fault and the roof was tender and lypey. Several props were reeled out and a lype was disclosed. Straps were set at the roadhead only. This accident illustrates the need for careful strapping all along the face.
1925September4Riddochhill CollieryJohn BowmanCampbellNAS Catalogue - Fatal Accident Inquiry: John Bowman Campbell, under-mine-manager, Standhill Cottages, Bathgate, died on 4 September 1925 in Riddochhill Colliery, Livingston Parish, West Lothian, when a stone fell upon him
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall  At Riddochhill Colliery, Linlithgow, the Under-Manager was standing near the face of a stone mine while a loose part of the roof, 6ft. further back, was being taken down. Suddenly the roof began to crack and a slab weighing about 2 tons fell upon him and broke his neck. Since he was at the face he could not retreat as did the other men.
1925 September 8 Plean Colliery William Still Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925September18Blairhall CollieryJohnGrayNewspaper report - Fife pages
1925 September 19 Lindsay Colliery John Philip Campbell Penman Izatt Register of FAI - Fall of stone from roof
1925 September 19 Auchengeich Colliery Thomas McVicar Register of FAI - fell from ladder which he was descending at one of the ovens
1925 September 19 No 1 Pit Dykehead Colliery William James Gibney Register of FAI - injuries sustained by wheel of hutch passing over him and injuring the forefinger of his left hand
1925September20Ellismuir CollieryMatthew ScottMcElroyRegister of FAI - fractured pelvis and other injuries, the effects of an accident in the course of his employment in Ellismuir Colliery on 9 Aug 1923
1925October2Polmaise 1/2 CollieryWilliamJohnstoneNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925:  Roof fall  At Polmaise 1/2 Colliery, Stirling, a miner was working off the coal at a nose when a stone 8 ft. long, 4 ft. wide, and 2 ft. thick, fell on to him from a lype running parallel to the face. A row of props next the face, set under the edge of the stone, was reeled out owing to the greater part of the stone and the lype being on the waste side of the props. The roof was very lypey and, if straps, which were available, had been set instead of single props, the accident might not have occurred.
1925October3Gartshore CollieryWilliamLawNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925:  Shaft Accident  At Gartshore Colliery, Dumbarton, an assistant bottomer attempted to pass through an empty cage at the pit bottom after it had been signalled away. The cage was lifted and he was crushed between it and the shaft side.
1925October12Whitehill CollieryPeterClyneRegister of FAI - large quantity of stones and debris fell upon him
1925October13WhistleberryPeterCrightonNewspaper report - Blantyre pages
1925 October 13 Lochhead Robert Stenhouse Register of FAI - fall of coal
1925 October 14 Afton No 1 Pit Robert McDicken Register of FAI - cause not stated
1925 October 15 Bardykes Colliery Alexander Robertson Register of FAI - came in contact with electric current of the coal cutting machine
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925:  Electricity  The only fatality due to the use of electricity happened at Bardykes Colliery, Lanark, to a coal cutter machineman who had been driving an Anderson and Boyes electrically operated chain machine, which had only been in use for three months. Coal cutting was completed and he instructed his assistant to go into the roadway and switch off the current. The assistant obeyed, and returned to find the machineman apparently dead. Assistance was obtained and artificial respiration was performed until a doctor arrived at the coal face and pronounced life to be extinct The system of supply was 3-phase, alternating-current, at 500 volts pressure with the neutral point insulated. After the accident examination disclosed that one of the three terminals, or bifurcated contact pins, in the socket of the machine had worked loose. The machineman had evidently been withdrawing the trailing cable plug before the current was switched off and had pulled forward the contact pin until a lug connector inside the machine touched the framework and made the machine alive. The earthing conductor was discovered to be fused inside the plug where it was connected to a lug. It is probable that the earth conductor had previously been partly severed by the mechanical stresses put upon it when the plug had been inserted or withdrawn. The remaining wires of the conductor failed to carry the leakage current safely to earth and were fused. The machine would then become alive and the machineman in contact with it was electrocuted. The accident was due to :- (a) the machineman attempting to withdraw the plug on the trailing cable from its socket before the current was interrupted ; (b) a defect in the machine, inasmuch as the slacking back of a nut permitted a contact pin to be pulled out so that the connector lug made electrical contact with the machine casing, and (c) the earth contact in the trailing cable being damaged in working operations so that it failed when it was most required.
1925October21Emily Pit HunterfieldWilliamThomsonRegister of FAI - large stone fell upon him
1925October27Farme Colliery(Non-fatal)HughMacmillan Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
NB This was a non-fatal accident
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Explosion  At Farme Colliery, Lanark, an electric coal cutter was the cause of an explosion by which four men were injured. After the accident it was discovered that an oil drain-plug was missing from the machine, leaving an aperture through which flame could be communicated from the interior to the surrounding atmosphere. There were undoubted signs of arcing in the resistances for the motor starting switch and it is surmised that a blower of gas from the floor was suddenly released, that the firedamp entered the machine and was ignited by sparking from the resistances. One of the men heard a peculiar sound just a moment or two before the explosion took place. It was probably a preliminary ignition of firedamp inside the machine, the flame of which did not get outside the casing.
1925October27Wester GartshoreRonaldSmithRegister of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925November 1Roslin Colliery William Tervit Hogg Register of FAI - toxaemia following burns received in gas explosion
1925November3WhitriggJohnMcLaughlanFAI record – NAS " John McLaughlan, miner, 57 Paulville Rows, Bathgate, died on 3 November 1925 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 30 October 1925 in No. 5 Pit, Whitrigg Collieries, Whitburn, when a stone fell upon him"
1925 November 6 Barony No 1 Coal Mine Eustana Gourskis Register of FAI - fall of stone from the roof
1925November11NK (Airdrie area)William WightmanMulhollandFAI record – NAS & death cert - accident on 11 August 1924
1925 November 14 No 3 Priory Pit, Bothwell Castle Colliery David Walkinshaw Register of FAI - fall of stone from the roof
1925 November 19 Houldsworth Colliery James Hannah Wilson Register of FAI - fall of coal from the roof
1925November23Bothwell ParkPatrickTonnerRegister of FAI - crushed between loaded hutch and roof of haulage road
1925 November 26 Howmuir Colliery, Cleland Thomas Adams Register of FAI - middle finger of right hand cut by the sharp edge of the coal and blood poisoning supervening
1925November28WhitriggJohnMcKaleFAI record – NAS "John McKale, miner, 10 Gideon Street, Bathgate, died on 28 November 1925 at his house, from injuries sustained on 6 August 1923 in No. 5 Pit, Whitrigg Colliery, Whitburn, West Lothian, when he was crushed between a piece of coal and the building"
1925 November 28 Lady Victoria Newtongrange Andrew Robert Elliot Graham Register of FAI - burns and injuries sustained by his clothing catching fire while at work in the locomotive shed at Lady Victoria Pit
1925November30Hattonrigg CollieryJudzusKregzdis (or Swallow)Newspaper report - Bothwell pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925:  Explosives  At Hattonrigg Colliery, Lanark, a Polish miner took 5 lb. of gelignite in a canister to his working place. A hole was ready bored but, on opening his canister, he found the gelignite frozen. He told his mate that he was going to heat the explosive and went into the roadway. A few minutes later there was a violent explosion in the road and the flame swept into the face and burnt the man there. The Pole was killed instantly. Naked lights were used and apparently deceased had been warming the canister on a shovel, because one was found with a large hole in it and badly distorted. The gelignite should not have been issued from store in a frozen condition, and deceased ought to have been sufficiently instructed by the officials in the nature of the substance he was using to prevent him doing such a foolhardy trick.
1925December3Aitken CollieryWilliamDrummondNewspaper report - Beath pages
1925 December 4 Whitehall No1 Mine, Cumnock Thomas McCarthy Register of FAI - injured in haulage road when foot caught under one of rails which twisted his knees
1925December6Kirkstyle PitWilliam GilliesMcKenna Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1925December7Loanend Pit, Dechmont CollieryWilliamDowdellNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages (NB Newspaper report gives name as John Puddy, correct name identified using register of FAI)
1925December11Hamilton PalaceJohn CuthbertsonBarrieWith thanks to Julie Scott for this information
1925December13ReddingThomas MorganMackieNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1925 December 15 Manor Powis Colliery Frederick Henry Grieve Register of FAI - killed almost instantaneously by putting his hand through a broken window and getting hold of the aerial cable for the lighting system
1925December16Lethans CollieryRichardPorteousNewspaper report - Fife pages
1925December21PrestonlinksRobertMoodieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1925December21No 3 Pit, Tannochside CollieryAlexanderSinclairRegister of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925December29Hopetoun CollieryGeorge WhiteDickNAS Catalogue - Fatal Accident Inquiry: George White Dick, mine fireman, Jubilee Buildings, Bowyetts, Torphichen, died on 29 December 1925 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on the same day in No. 2 Pit, Hopetoun Colliery, Bathgate, when he was crushed between a moving tub and a prop
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Underground Haulage Accident At Hopetoun Colliery, Linlithgow, a tub had left the track on a main and tail haulage road and a signal was given for the rake to be drawn inbye, but the overload switch tripped when the motor attendant attempted to comply. After waiting a few minutes a fireman and others tried to lift the tubs. At the same time the motor attendant started to haul inbye and the fireman was caught between the tub and a prop. He died five hours later.
1925 December 30 Garscube Colliery Joseph Shannon Register of FAI - accidentally stumbling and striking his head against the rail or a hutch
1925 December 30 No 1 Mary Pit Christopher Bell Register of FAI - Injured on 16 March 1925 by fall of material from roof
1925 December 31 Ross Colliery, Ferniegair Peter Brown Register of FAI - while making a refuge hole a quantity of debris fell from the side of the refuge and crushed him
1925 December 31 No 1 Pit Dean Colliery, Kingseat Edward Miller Tulloch Register of FAI - fall of material from the roof
1925    Bothwell Castle Colliery    NB This may be accident to Yonas Stangel on 17 July 1925
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Bothwell Castle Colliery, Lanark, a brusher was knocking timber out with a heavy hammer preparatory to firing a brushing shot, when a stone fell from the brushing lip and killed him instantly. The stone was 6 1/2 ft. long, 3 ft. wide and 6 in. thick. About two hours before the place had been examined and found to be safe by the fireman, who considered the use of a safety contrivance unnecessary. It is better to be sure than sorry, and if a Sylvester had been used the accident might have been averted.
1925    Earnock Colliery    NB This may be accident to James McKenna on 31 July 1925
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall  At Earnock, Colliery, Lanark, a fall occurred in an endless rope haulage road. Whilst the roof was still grinding, the bencher and a chainman stood watching it when a second fall took place and fatally injured the bencher. The place had been disturbed by adjoining workings and the brick arch had become crushed. Repairs with centre props had been executed, and three sets were knocked out by the fall, which consisted of 10 tons of blaes and bricks. When the men heard the roof working they should have moved to a place of safety.
1925    Haugh Colliery    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925:  Sundries At Haugh Colliery, Stirling, a shunter dropped off the engine to open the points. As the engine was returning he shouted, “Stop, my foot is stuck !" but the driver was unable to pull up until the engine and a wagon had passed over the shunter. Contrary to the General Regulations for Sidings, the points had been propped open by a brick, and, when the shunter kicked the brick out, the points closed and gripped his foot. The culprit was never discovered.
1925    Knownoblehill Colliery    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall  At Knownoblehill Colliery, Lanark, a brusher was stowing the debris from a shot into the face pack when a fall of roof 8 ft. 6 in. long, 3 ft. 8 in. wide, and 15 in. thick, buried him and killed him almost instantaneously. The roof was heavy owing to a sudden increase in thickness of the "falling" above the coal. A piece of this fell from between two weight breaks. Trees were set every two feet under the bad roof but no straps were used.
1925    Loanhead Colliery, No 3 Pit    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Shaft Accident At Loanhead Colliery, No. 3 Pit, Edinburgh, a fireman was killed when attempting to cross the shaft bottom under the descending cage
1925    Manor Powis Colliery    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Sundries At Manor Powis Colliery Stirling, a boy of 14 years having nothing to do at the moment, put his head and shoulders through a broken window pane in the washer and grasped an aerial lighting cable 20in from the window, thereby receiving a fatal shock.
1925    Newcraighall Colliery    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Shaft Accident Newcraighall Colliery, Edinburgh, an overwind was caused by the inadvertence of the winding engineman when the morning shift was being lowered and the night shift was ascending. It was estimated that the speed of the cages was from 5 to 12 miles hour when the impact with the pit bottom occurred and 14 of 15 men on the descending cage were injured. The overwind preventer failed to prevent the detaching hook coming into operation, but it retarded the speed to a crawl and no one in the upgoing cage was hurt. Three points in connection with this accident are worth mentioning (1) It was found that one jaw of the detaching hook had been cracked almost through for some time and all the weight of the cage had been hanging from a single plate ; (2) the overwind preventer had an overspeed device that operated in steps corresponding to about 23 ft. of rope travel. It was possible for an engineman to negotiate successfully the last overspeed trip and then to increase the speed considerably before the end of the wind. The device has since been altered so that the final overspeed trip acts only 12 ft. from the end of the run ; (3) it was found that the winding engineman was temperamentally unfit for the work.
1925    Queensberry Mine    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Metalliferous Mines The first fatality occurred at Queensberry Mine, Dumfries, where lead and zinc ores are worked. A miner had tested with a scraper part of a shot hole that had been left after the previous shift had charged and fired it. He was then about to bore it deeper when a portion of the blasting gelatine charge, which had remaned unexploded at the back of the hole, was detonated by the compressed air drill. He received such injuries that he died 6 hours later. It was an understood rule and instruction that no boring was to be done in or near old shot holes because cases such as this had been known previously. This accident was the result of disregard of a recognised danger in metalliferous mines, to provide against which Special Rules are in force in some Divisions, prohibiting boring, or inserting any metal tool into, the socket of a hole which has been blasted by an explosive containing nitro-glycerine or guncotton. Sockets of holes should be examined after blasting to see whether any remnants of the explosive have been left behind and, if any are found, or if any doubt exists at all as to whether any explosive has been left, the safe plan is to insert a detonator and fire it.
1925    Rosehall No 13 Colliery    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Sundries At Rosehall No. 13 Colliery, Lanark, a wagon lowerer was crossing the rails and was run over by a wagon of dross which was gravitating down. He could not have been looking where he was going.
1925    Townhead No 1 Colliery    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Townhead No. 1 Colliery, Lanark, a miner was taking down coal at the face when suddenly he was buried and fatally injured by a fall of roof. A fault ran almost parallel to the face about 3 ft. away and the fall came from between the fault and a face break in the roof. Only bare trees were set without lids or straps. At a fault straps should have been used freely since lypes may be expected even if they are not visible.
1925    Tyndrum Lead and Zinc Mine    Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Metalliferous Mines The other fatal accident happened in the dressing plant or a mill at Tyndrum Lead and Zinc Mine, Perthshire. On the top floor of the mill there was a countershaft at a height of 2 ft. 3 in. from the floor. On the countershaft was a clutch to connect the two parts, the clutch being operated by a lever situated at the end of a gangway. The gangway was fenced along both sides but at the end, close to the countershaft, there had been a loose bar which dropped into two wooden sockets and thus closed the gangway. It appeared, however, that the wooden bar had been missing for several months and the absence of fencing at this place had twice commented upon by an Inspector but on each occasion the machinery was idle. A boy employed about the mill had spare time on his hands and went to the end of the gangway, leaning over the revolving shaft so that he could see what was happening on the floor below. His jacket was caught by the projecting key on the clutch and wound round the shaft. Before the machinery could be stopped the boy had been whirled round many times and was so terribly injured that he died six hours later. On the 10th February, 1926, the Manager was prosecuted for not keeping the machinery securely fenced, and was fined £15.
1925    Viewpark Colliery    May be accident to Andrew Ritchie 18 March 1925
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1925: Roof fall At Viewpark Colliery, Lanark, a brusher had prepared a brushing shot, set his breakers, and was about to set temporary supports before knocking out the props set under the brushing, when a stone of about 12 cwt. fell on him and inflicted fatal injuries. The fall reeled out two trees, one of which broke in the middle at a ring of knots.
1925 NK NK Auchengeich Colliery John Hunter Register of FAI - natural causes
1925 NK NK Carfin Colliery William Coffey Register of FAI - fall of coal and stone
1925 NK NK Barony Colliery James McMurdo Register of FAI - fall of coal from roof
1925 NK NK Maxwell Colliery, Dailly Joseph James Sharpe Register of FAI - while trimming a coal waggon was crushed against coal shoot at the scree owing to loaded waggons which were being shunted striking in the waggon on which he was working
1925 NK NK Belmont Colliery, Stane Thomas Roy Register of FAI - natural causes
1925 NK NK Braidhurst Colliery Thomas Baird Register of FAI - crushed between an empty hutch and the side of the road
1925 NK NK Townhead Colliery, Carfin David Henderson Loudon Register of FAI - explosion of cartridge of gelignite
1925 NK NK Holytown Colliery William McGowan Register of FAI - caught by the picks of a revolving bar of an electrical coal cutting machine
1925 NK NK Tannochside Colliery Thomas Kelly Register of FAI - crushed between the side of a haulage road and a rake of loaded hutches which he was running there
1925 NK NK Niddrie Colliery William John McDonald Register of FAI - run over and crushed by an incline carriage
1925 NK NK Holytown Colliery John Cunningham Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925 NK NK Montgomeriefield Colliery William Towers Register of FAI - crushed between revolving driving sprocket wheel and chain of the elevator
1925 NK NK Tynemount Colliery, Ormiston Hugh Greig Stewart Register of FAI - found with jaw fractured and inside of mouth lacerated.  Died of septic broncho-pneumonia
1925 NK NK Mansefield Colliery New Cumnock Hugh Campbell Register of FAI - blood poisoning after cutting little finger and wrist of left hand while removing a stone which had fallen from roof of working place
1925 NK NK Garallan Mine, Cumnock Alexander Leckie Register of FAI - crushed between the top of an empty hutch and the roof of the haulage road
1925 NK NK Houldsworth Coal Pit, Dalrymple James Patrick Stratton Register of FAI - fall from roof of working place
1925 NK NK Dumbreck Colliery Patrick Cairney Register of FAI - became suddenly ill and died at pithead
1925 NK NK Polmaise Colliery Patrick Woods Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925 NK NK Viewpark Colliery Charles Bonar Register of FAI - fall of stone from the roof
1925 NK NK Hillhouserigg Colliery Allan Ferguson Register of FAI - collapsed and died on way out at end of shift
1925 NK NK Gateside Colliery, Cambuslang William Russell Register of FAI - knocked down by runaway hutch
1925 NK NK Broomfield Pit, Canderigg Colliery, Netherton John Scott Register of FAI - caught by revolving picks of a disc coal-cutting machine
1925 NK NK Blantyre Colliery Archibald Watson Register of FAI - run down by a hutch
1925 NK NK Gateside Colliery Cambuslang Archibald Auld Register of FAI - knocked down by a derailed hutch
1925 NK NK South Longrigg Colliery, Netherton William Burns Register of FAI - died while descending the shaft in a cage
1925 NK NK Shieldmains Drongan Andrew kerr Register of FAI - fall of coal from the roof
1925 NK NK Hirstrigg Colliery John Morris Register of FAI - blood posioning resulting from a wound in the hand received in Hirstrigg Colliery
1925 NK NK Townhead Colliery Carfin Samuel Lightbody Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925 NK NK Holytown Colliery William Love Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925 NK NK Holytown Colliery John McVicars Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925 NK NK No 2 Leven Colliery Robert Skinner Laing Register of FAI - accidentally slipped and fell in dook road whereby his right knee was njured
1925 NK NK Muiredge Colliery Peter McArthur Register of FAI - fall of coal from the top of the coal face
1925 NK NK Knownoble Colliery, Cleland James Brennan Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925 NK NK Kingshill Colliery William Park Register of FAI - fall of stone
1925 NK NK Bowhill Colliery Brickworks Thomas Littlejohn Neilson Register of FAI - part of a kiln which was being taken down fell on him
1925 NK NK No 1 Craig Colliery, Kilmaurs Archibald Fulton McGhee Register of FAI - died suddenly while at work
1925 NK NK No 1 Eglinton Pit, Irvine Peter Mackie Register of FAI - fall of stone from the wall
1925 NK NK No 12 Pit, Greenhill Colliery Patrick Cassidy Register of FAI - fall of stone from roof
1925 NK NK Kingshill Colliery Albert Williamson Register of FAI - jib of a crane fell and struck him
1925 NK NK Wellsgreen Colliery William Buist Register of FAI - left side accidentally knocked against a projecting piece of pillar wood
Last Updated 1st January 2014