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Fatal Accidents 1929
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
Total fatalities for 1929 as reported in the Glasgow Herald 14 Nov 1931
Total 164 deaths

Currently this page lists 180 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)
1929 January 1 Thankerton Colliery John McBride Register of FAI - internal injuries.  Trying to raise unaided a loaded coal hutch
1929January5Newton CollieryDuncanConnorNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1929 January 9 Wellington Colliery, Crookedholm Hugh McLaughlan Register of FAI - almost instantaneously killed through a piece of roof falling on and fracturing his skull
1929January12Hopetoun No 35 Oil Shale MineCharles HodgeParisNewspaper report - Lothians pages
NAS: Fatal Accident Inquiry: Charles Hodge Paris, shale miner, 78 Niddry Rows, Winchburgh, died on 15 January 1929 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 12 January 1929 in No. 35 Mine, Hopetoun, Ecclesmachan Parish, West Lothian, after an explosion of firedamp
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Explosion "At Hopetoun No. 35 (Oil Shale) Mine, in a steeply rising place 12ft. wide by 6ft. 6in., high, in which only safety lamps were allowed, but in which, being an oil shale mine, Bickford igniters were used to light the fuses of the shots, a fireman said he was lighting the second of two shots near the floor level when the igniter split, flame shot out and ignited gas. The fireman and a miner, who died a day or two later were burned, and two other workers not far away were thrown down and injured.
I have not been able to satisfy myself that the truth as to what actually happened in this accident came to light."
1929January15Woolmet CollieryWilliamRochdikesNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Woolmet, Midlothian runaway tubs – two men.
NB Daniel McDonald died 24 January
1929January15Cultrigg CollieryDavidDunlopNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929January23Wester Gartshore CollieryJohnMcDadeNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
1929January23Lingerwood  Pit, Newbattle CollieryJames NeilsonMainNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929January23Greenfield CollieryHugh CummerfordMurrayNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
1929January23Bent CollieryDanielMcKillopNewspaper report - Hamilton pages (Natural causes)
1929January23Cornsilloch CollieryJohnStirratNewspaper report - Dalserf pages
1929January25Woolmet CollieryJamesLetheneyNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929 January 25 Castlehill Colliery Thomas Barr Register of FAI - injuries sustained at the dross pit by falling on an iron plate
1929January26East Parkhead CollieryWilliamDeakinNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1929January27Lassodie CollieryThomasMcCluskeyNewspaper report - Beath pages FAI reported in Dunfermline Journal 16 March 1929 (not yet transcribed)
1929January28 Polmaise Colliery, MillhallWilliamElliotNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1929 January 30 Lochgelly Colliery (railway sidings) Alexander Millar FAI reported in Dunfermline Journal 16 March 1929 (not yet transcribed)  Railway employee but killed at Lochgelly Colliery sidings
1929 February 4 NK - New Stevenston area John Kemp (formerly Leask) FAI record - NAS & death cert.  Blood poisoning following work injury
1929 February 4 Polquhairn Mine, Coylton James McGarva Register of FAI - struck by a coal wagon on a siding in Polquhairn Mine
1929February11Auchenreoch CollieryRobertAbercrombieNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929:  Falls of roof At Auchinreoch Colliery, Stirling in the Coking Coal Seam which is 2ft. 6in. thick, is worked longwall, and has normally a strong sandstone roof, a miner was filling hand got coal into a conveyor when a long narrow slab of stone 12ft by 2ft 6in by 7ft. thick, tapering to a feather edge, fell on him and killed him. The fall took place from between the front row of props and the coal face.  The roof was supported by props and lids, but if straps been used and well needled into the coal the accident could hardly have occurred.  The lesson here is that straps supported at the face ends are necessary whether a roof is strong or weak.
1929February13Wellesley CollieryMichaelHenigan Newspaper report - Fife pages
1929 February 14 Mary Colliery John McPherson Potts Crushed between bogey and race of derailed hutches. FAI reported in Dunfermline Journal 16 March 1929 (not yet transcribed)
1929February15Dalbeath CollieryJohnPotter Newspaper report - Fife pages FAI reported in Dunfermline Journal 16 March 1929 (not yet transcribed)
1929February16Loganlea CollieryMartinFitzgeraldNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929February22Kinneil CollieryThomasKaneNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Shaft Accident At Kinneil Colliery two men were killed through ice falling down the shaft and depressing the cage cover when a cage load of men was about to be raised. There had been a period of nine days of very severe frost, and ice formed on the wet sides of the shaft. Three shaftsmen were engaged nightly in scaling off this ice, as far as it was possible to do so, and there could not have been a large quantity anywhere on the day of the accident, for the shaft sides were entirely clear next day. If the cage cover had been of stronger material it might have resisted the blow of the falling ice. It had been considered strong enough before, but it was at once strengthened.  The lesson apart from the unusual occurrence of ice, is that all cage covers should be of extra strong construction . In passing let me say all cages should also be of such height that the head of the tallest man cannot touch the cover. There have been in past years occasional accidents reported from other collieries where something small has fallen on the cage top when men were riding and the shock transmitted to the head of a man when touching the inside of the cover has been sufficient to render him unconscious. In one such case a man received a fracture of his skull and died, although the mark on the outside of the cage cover was barely more than noticeable.
1929 February 23 Highhouse Mine, Auchinleck William Carey Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a fall of stone from the roof
1929 February 24 Greenfield Colliery John McLachlan Register of FAI - injuries sustained in No 1 Pit, by being knocked down by a rake of two hutches
1929February25Kinglassie CollieryThomas MelvilleDowie Newspaper report - Fife pages
1929March1Fleets CollieryNANANewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: One of the inrushes of water, that at Fleets Colliery, Haddington, was due to a stupid operation.A cross measure drift was driven up from near the bottom of a basin in one seam to another seam 15 yards above. Water was known to be in the basin in the upper seam, but the manager and his under officials pushed the drift through and water came down to the lower seam in such quantity that 40 miners were unable to get outbye for four and a half hours, and would not have got out even then but for the fact that an old road was found in another seam by which they were able to get to the shaft after a large fall in this road had been cleared.In the prosecution which followed, the Sheriff decided that the requirements of Section 68 of the Coal Mines Act, 1911, apply equally to a cross measure drift rising from one seam to another as to a road being driven in a seam itself.
1929March1Auchinraith CollieryWilliamWhiteRegister of FAI - found lying unconscious in Main haulage road, conveyor section.  Heart failure
1929March3Crossgates area (natural causes)SamuelDonaldson Newspaper report - Fife pages
1929March7Greenrigg CollieryWilliamIzattNAS FAI "William Izatt, mine fireman, Beechbank, Harthill, died at Longmore Hospital, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 19 September 1928 in Greenrigg Colliery, Whitburn, when a stone fell from the roof on him"
1929March8Wester Auchengeich CollieryPatrickMcGeverNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1929March11Gateside  CollieryWilliamCoatsNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1929March15Cadzow CollieryWilliamSheddon (or Sheddens)Newspaper report - Hamilton pages
1929March16Bothwell Castle CollieryFrancisMacdonaldNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1929March18Balbardie No2 Pit Hopetoun CollieriesJames MaxwellAitkenFAI record – NAS " James Aitken, miner, 37 Mid Street, Bathgate, died on 18 March 1929 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained earlier that day in No. 2 Pit, Balbardie, Hopetoun Collieries, Bathgate, when coals fell from the roof on him"
1929March20Northfield CollieryThomasDelaneyNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1929 March 21 Prestonlinks Colliery Robert Barbar Donaldson Register of FAI - instantaneously killed by a fall of stone from the roof
1929 March 25Woodilee Colliery Patrick Egen Register of FAI - caught between a trap door and a train of loaded hutches
1929 March 27Newcraighall Colliery John Jarvie Register of FAI- injuries sustained by a large piece of fireclay falling on him from the roof
1929March30RosehallSamuelStewartNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1929April2Redding CollieryRobertMcNeeNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1929April12Prestonlinks CollieryCharlesBaillieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929April16Glencraig CollieryWilliamBerryNewspaper report - Ballingry pages
1929April20Deans Shale PitHugh RobertsonPenderFAI record – NAS "Hugh Robertson Pender, shale miner, 53 Glen Road, Livingston Station, died on 20 April 1929 in No. 5 Shale Mine Deans, Bathgate Parish, West Lothian, when a quantity of material fell upon him"
1929April22Spindleside CollieryThomasSommervilleNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1929 April 22 Hattonrigg Colliery William Paul Ignition of gas.  NAS listing and death cert.
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Explosion At Hattonrigg Colliery, Lanark (now temporarily closed), a fireman struck a match to relight his safety lamp when he ignited gas which burned him fatally. The provision of a lamp fitted with an internal igniter would probably have saved the man the temptation to do as he did.
1929April23RandolphDavidGlen Newspaper report - Fife pages
1929April25PennyvenieDavidM'Gill Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Pennyvenie 2/3 Ayrshire – runaway locomotive on surface – two men
1929April25Pennyvenie No 4 MineRobertGillespie Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Explosion At Pennyvenie No. 4 Colliery, Ayr, three men were at work in a part of the mine worked by electric cap lamps. The shot firer told the miners there was gas present and, some two hours later, one of the men produced matches and cigarettes, which he had concealed, and, though warned by his mate, he struck a match and ignited gas. All three men were burned, and two of them died.
1929April27Glencraig CollieryJohn FindlaterMitchellNewspaper report - Ballingry pages
1929April29DuddingstonJohnBuchanan or CadzowFAI record – NAS " John Cadzow known as John Buchanan, shale miner, 72 Castle Terrace, Winchburgh, died on 29 April 1929 in No. 1 Shale Mine Duddingston, Abercorn Parish, West Lothian, when a quantity of material fell on him"
1929April30Mary CollieryJamesMcKinlayNewspaper report - Ballingry pages
1929May4Clyde CollieryJamesSneddonNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Explosion  At Clyde Colliery, Lanark, a charge of 6 ozs. of Polar Stomonal was fired in a close place rising 1 in 3 and just beyond a fault It is said gas had not been found, but when the shot was fired gas ignited and three men who were down on the level 80 feet from the shot were burned. One of the men died. The shot was overcharged, and there can be no doubt gas was present. Dust played no part in the explosion.
1929May5Lindsay CollieryGeorgeDunnSepticaemia - report in Dunfermline Journal 27 July 1929 not yet transcribed
1929May6CalderbankPeterYoungNewspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1929May7ParkheadKazimiersCiarniackisNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1929 May 8 Gilmerton Colliery Charle Muir Aikman Register of FAI - crushed between a hutch loaded with coal and a gravity tippler
1929May13GarscubeJamesStarrsFAI record – NAS & death cert.
1929May15Aitken CollieryJohnMcHaleSepticaemia - report in Dunfermline Journal 27 July 1929 not yet transcribed
1929May16FauldheadJohnSmithNewspaper report - Dumfriesshire pages
1929 May 19 Thankerton James McKean FAI record – NAS & death cert. Natural causes
1929May25Killochan CollieryJosephNuttWith thanks to Helen Gilbert for this identification
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929:  Falls of roof  At Killochan Colliery, Ayr, a miner was working at the road-head in a longwall place which had been cut by machine on the previous shift. The road had been brushed, also on the previous shift, to within 2 feet of the front of the coal.  There was one prop with lid set under the middle of the brushing edge and one between each pack and the line of face.  The stripping of the rise side coal had been completed, and the miner, before beginning on the low side was preparing to put extra supports to the brushing between the centre prop and low side because of the presence of lypes when a fall took place from between the lypes and injured him so badly that he died four days later.  The roof at a longwall roadhead is, from the nature of things, a weak point, and because of the shot firing when brushing it is shaken and often broken as well.  This accident would not have happened had it been the practice to cause brushers to strap the brushing lip parallel to the faceline before leaving it. As the seam was 4ft. thick a stell prop to the brushing front was also advisable.  In any event the brushing had been taken too close to the face, a practice which has been found to be fatal to the miners on following shifts on many occasions.
1929May30WallyfordHughMcKenzieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929May31GlenburnWilliamConnor Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1929June4DevonJohnGillespieFAI record – NAS "John Gillespie, machineman, 46 Johnstone Street, Alva, killed on 4 June 1929 in No.3 Machine Run, East Side Section, Devon Colliery, Sauchie, when a stone fell from the roof upon him"
1929 June 6 Prestonlinks Colliery William Munro Register of FAI - instantaneously killed by a fall of stone from the roof
1929June10Whitehill CollieryWilliamWatsonWith thanks to Dave Clarke for this information
1929June13Braehead Colliery, FauldhouseThomas SommervilleCalderNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929June20Gartshore CollieryJamesEastonNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
1929June27Fauldhouse  CollieryGeorge SneddonSmithFAI record – NAS "George Sneddon Smith, coal miner, 1 Eastfield Terrace, Fauldhouse, died on 27 June 1929 in Fauldhouse Colliery, Fauldhouse, when a quantity of coal fell upon him"
1929 July 3 Prestonlinks Colliery William Logan Register of FAI - instantaneously killed by a fall of stone from the roof
1929 July5 Shettleston 3/4 Colliery JohnHynd Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Underground Haulage Accident  Shettleston 3/4 Colliery, Lanark- A haulageman was attaching tubs to a slow moving endless rope at a junction. He had 4ft. 6in. of height at the clipping on place, but a very short distance outbye the roof suddenly lowered to a height of 2ft. 10m. He was alone when the accident occurred, but he had probably found the clip required attention after he had set the tub in motion, and he would therefore be walking backwards in front of the tub concentrating on what he was doing and forgetting all about the road, when he was caught. [Identified from register of FAI]
1929July12Kenmuirhill CollieryRobert GibsonCarmichaelNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Shaft Accident At Kenmuirhill Colliery (Newton pumping shaft), Lanark. - At a shaft devoted to pumping alone and where the only persons who used it were two shaftsmen, who also acted as pump attendants, the day shaftsman was ascending in the cage at the end of the day when the winding rope broke, and he was killed. The precise length of time the rope had been in use could not be ascertained, but it was known to be about three and a half years. A new rope had arrived at the shaft a few hours before the accident, and was to have been put on the following morning. As the rope was not used for coal winding it hung for certain periods daily where one part at the surface was close by a steam joint in a range of pipes, and where the joint had leaked for a long time. This part was also adjacent to the place where dusty boiler ashes were filled.The rope broke at this point, and thorough examination revealed a type of corrosion there which did not exist elsewhere in the rope.The condensing steam and the acid ash dust had played their part.
1929July18Burghlee Pit, Loanhead CollieryJames HaggertyFergusonRegister of FAI - injuries sustained by being crushed between a batten at No 1 bench and the back balance bogey
1929July23Shaws Coal Depot, Newbattle CollieriesWilliamDoddsFAI - NAS and death certificate
1929 July24 Motherwell Colliery FrancisMcGinnes Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: By machinery The third accident occurred at Motherwell Colliery, Lanark, when the attendant of a small electric haulage was struck on the abdomen by a flying piece of metal when the casing of the centrifugal coupling pulley burst.  The hauler was a very small Hugh Wood main and tail rope machine designed apparently for flat roads or roads of moderate gradient. In this case it was being used as a main or direct rope haulage to haul two empty tubs at a time up a short stone drift between one seam and another and to lower two loaded tubs by the drum brake, the motor being at rest and the centrifugal coupling automatically free.  When in gear pulling the tubs uphill the haulage speed was one mile per hour with a motor speed of 700 revolutions per minute, but when being lowered free of the motor the tubs ran at three to four miles per hour, which meant the centrifugal coupling casing ran at 2,000 to 3,000 revolutions per minute. After the accident happened one of the drum brake posts, which was of cast metal and was of light section, was found broken as was also the centrifugal coupling. At the Fatal Accident Inquiry one witness said he saw the lad who was killed holding a sleeper or wooden strap against the coupling, as this was necessary to help to hold the load sometimes. Others said they had done the same when employed at the same work. As the coupling was running very fast it may be that it burst owing to centrifugal action alone ; on the other hand the pressure applied by the sleeper or strap to the coupling casing may have pushed it sufficiently to engage the connection to the standing motor so causing the disastrous result.  In any event the hauler was being used for conditions for which it was not meant.  Apparently other machines of the same type had been used successfully for similar work without failure in Motherwell and in other Collieries, but this failure should be a warning to managers and engineers that a handy and convenient machine has its limits and men must not be asked to do the impossible with it. [Identfied from Register of FAI]
1929July26Hill of Beath washeryWilliamHutchesonRun over by train of waggons - report in Dunfermline Journal 5 Oct 1929 not yet transcribed
1929July29No 2 Shale Mine, Roman Camp DavidMcLauchlanFAI record – NAS "David McLauchlan, shale mine fireman, 239 Mid Street, Broxburn, died on 29 July 1929 in an ambulance wagon on the public highway between Broxburn and Edinburgh near to Saughtonhall Drive, Corstorphine, from injuries sustained on the same day in No. 2 Shale Mine, Roman Camp, Uphall Parish, West Lothian, when he was struck by shale"
1929 July 30Polmaise 1/2 Colliery David Orr Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Electricity  At Polmaise 1 and 2 Colliery, Stirling, a motorman was found electrocuted by the side of an oil immersed switch from which the oil tank had partly dropped away leaving live contacts exposed.  It is surmised that he had released one of the wing nuts which hold the oil tank in position, possibly when seeing it not quite screwed up, and that when the tank dropped he lost his balance and fell forward on the contacts."
1929July31Easton CollieryWilliamRennexNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929August1Prestonlinks CollieryJohnMortonNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929:  Explosion  At Prestonlinks Colliery, Haddington, five men had taken their rood in a small area in a part of the mine worked by safety lamps, when one of them lit a match to smoke and ignited gas which burned all five men, of whom two died. Work had been resumed in the colliery after a holiday period and the roof of the airway had fallen. The officials were at fault in employing the men under such conditions, and it was only after the hopelessness of taking proceedings was confirmed by the Crown Office that the intention to prosecute was abandoned. The main witnesses against the management would have been firemen, who themselves had made false reports on the state of the district.I find it difficult to understand the mentality of workmen in this colliery. Before the accident and since some of the have been to Court for having matched and cigarettes in their possession in the mine workings.
1929August6Roslin CollieryPeterThomsonRegister of FAI - injuries sustained by falling to the bottom of an incline
1929August6Parkhead CollieryJamesMcWhirterNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1929August7Whitrigg CollieryPatrickKellyNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929August9Viewpark CollieryRobertWilsonNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1929August9Whitrigg CollieryPatrickConnellyNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929August11TranentPeterMcGregorNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929August15Valleyfield CollieryHope ThomsonCairns Newspaper report - Fife pages
1929August18Mossbeath CollieryWilliamFordNewspaper report - Beath pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929:  Electricity At Mossbeath Colliery, Fife, a fireman was found lying dead beside an electrically driven auxiliary fan two hours after he had last been seen.Medical evidence was to the effect that the death was due to electric shock, and the men who found the body say that they saw sparks issuing from the machinery casing.Examination of the motor showed that some of the stator winding connections were so abraded as to expose bare metal, and it is probable that there was an intermittent fault which made the whole casing of the motor and fan live, but which afterwards cleared itself.
1929August19No 1 Clay Pit, CastlecaryCharlesBrysonNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
1929August21Devon CollieryDanielSnadden Newspaper report - Clackmannan pages
1929August22NewtongrangeWilliamBurnsNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929August29KamesMichaelParkerNewspaper Report - Muirkirk pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929:
Kames Ayrshire fall of roof – two men
1929September4Robroyston CollieryGeorgeSommervilleRegister of FAI - injuries sustained through a hutch of coal overturning and falling on him
1929 September 6No 1 Pit, Ferniegair Colliery Thomas Hynd Blair Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a large stone from the roof falling on him
1929 September 9Bothwell Castle Colliery Columb Craig Register of FAI - injuries sustained by falling over the points lever
1929September12Westwood Pit, LivingstonJohnWynneNewspaper report - Lothians pages
NAS: Fatal Accident Inquiry: John Wynne, shale miner, 185 Pumpherston, Mid Calder, Mid Lothian, died on 12 September 1929 in an ambulance wagon on the public highway between Livingston and Edinburgh at Chesser Avenue, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on the same day in No. 1 level, East Dook, Dunnet Seam, Westwood Pit, Livingston Parish, West Lothian, when he was struck by a shale
1929September14No 11 Pit, Lumphinnans CollieryJohnMcLeanNewspaper report - Beath pages
1929 September 14 Newbattle Colliery John Hamilton Register of FAI - injuries sustained by being crushed between the rear hutch of loaded hutches which ran back, and a set of hutches standing on the haulage road
1929September15Bedlay CollieryGeorgeRatcliffeFAI record – NAS
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929:  Suffocation by natural gases
At Bedlay Colliery, Lanark, a repairer, unknown to the fireman, entered a short steeply rising place which was up over a fault, and was temporarily unventilated, due to the removal of a ventilating screen while some plant was being moved. He carried an electric safety lamp, but had no means for detecting firedamp and, when his head got amongst gas, he was suffocated.This accident adds one more to the yearly list of those which seem fated to occur before men will learn the limitations of electric lamps as they are now made. In other respects I do not say a word against the use of these lamps; on the contrary, I wish many more of them were in the hands of the workmen.
1929September17Plean CollieryThomasBoydNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1929 September 26 Bellfield Coal Mine, Julian Pit, Markinch Robert Downie Register of FAI - injuries sustained through fall of coal on him
1929October1William Pit, FordellDavid SmithMcEwan Newspaper report - Fife pages
1929 October 3 Unknown (Usual residence Arniston) Samuel Rowley Register of FAI - syncope, the result of heart failure under an anaesthetic following an injury to his hand which was struch and injured by a piece of coal which fell on it.
1929October10Cadzow CollieryRobert AndrewMatthieNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Suffocation by natural gases  The other accident in which a fireman and two miners lost their lives, and at least one other man had a narrow escape, happened at Cadzow Colliery, Lanark. Natural gases may or may not have been responsible for the men being overcome, but they were certainly responsible for their deaths.At the top of a steep drift a place was being driven to connect with another road when it met a 12ft. up throw fault. At the top of this fault coal had been worked off about 3 feet in depth by 5ft. wide by 2ft. 9ln. High, the height of the seam.There was ample ventilation conducted to the bottom of the 12ft. Fault by air tubes and brattice cloth, and there had been no trouble from the presence of gas.  The leading miner bored three shot holes in the coal which was not holed. He charged each of them with 12 ozs. Samsonite No. 3 and stemmed them. The fireman fired the first shot electrically, and after two minutes' interval went in to examine the place. As he did not reply to the leading miner's shout this man followed the fireman, and as he did not return a third man followed him, but collapsed within site of the fourth and only remaining man, who got out with difficulty.All this happened within a very short time, and within 35ft of the face, but a period of one and a half hours then elapsed before the last body was recovered by an overman who wore a smoke helmet.  Next day the brattice cloth was found to have blocked the air tubes at the joint between the cloth and tubes, and as the gas cleared immediately this was rectified and as one of the men had collapsed there, it appeared as if in his fall he had caused the derangement of the ventilation. There was nothing else to account for it, as the brattice was no shoddy erection.  When the face was reached the shot (at one side) which the fireman had fired, was found to have done its work. The primer cartridge of the middle shot was found in position and intact although the back part of the shot hole had gone and the explosive had disappeared. The third shot was intact.  Notwithstanding search by sifting of all the broken material in the place no trace of 10 ozs. of explosive from the middle shot hole was ever discovered. It would appear that these 10 ozs. of the charge either exploded with the first shot (in which event they could hardly have left the primer as and where it was found) or that they burned when freed by the explosion of the shot .  A peculiar and hardly definable odour resembling newly split oak was noticed in the place on the day of the accident, and those who tried to enter the place found that their eyes smarted and their throats dried up.  Carbon Monoxide effects were not found when a. post mortem examination of the fireman's body was made, although in other almost similar cases the presence of this gas has been clearly demonstrated.  The men were probably overcome by explosive fumes and afterwards suffocated by firedamp.  The lessons of the accident appear to be not to drive a place low and narrow even in exploration, and to comply with the requirements of the Explosives in Coal Mines Order in every respect, for, if the coal had been holed, much less explosive would have been necessary per shot hole, and if one shot had been fired before a second was charged there would have been no free explosive from a second shot to burn.
1929 October 13 No 2 Pit, Mossend, Vogrie Colliery James Hynd Galloway Register of FAI - injuries sustained by thrown down and run over by an empty hutch he was pushing
1929October15Mossblown CollierySamuelMcLeish Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1929October16Lumphinnans CollieryGeorgeCookNewspaper report - Beath pages
1929 October17 Townhead Colliery WilliamRodger Identified from Register of FAI
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Explosion  At Townhead Colliery, Lanark, a brusher was drilling a hole where a short cross measure drift had touched the bottom of a seam when he ignited gas with his naked light. He was not severely burned, but he died from complications following his injuries.  Until a month before this accident, when a miner had his arm scorched by lighting a small quantity of gas, there was no record of gas ever having been seen in this mine, which has been working for many years.
1929October17GatesideJamesBoydNewspaper report - Dumfriesshire pages
1929 October 19Dykehead Colliery Andrew Airlie Muir Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a stone from the roof falling on him
1929October19Gartshore CollieryHughSmithNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929:  On surface  One electrical fatality occurred at Gartshore 9/11 Colliery Dumbarton, where an apprentice electrician was employed in the cleaning of insulators in connection with a high tension overhead line. He was sitting on the girder frame work where a number of the overhead conductors are brought together for distribution purposes. The work was being supervised by an electrician, and it was expected that all the conductors had been made dead and would be kept dead by the switching off of the current at the Supply Station.  Owing to some misunderstanding as to instructions given by telephone from the man who was controlling the supply, the current was switched on and the apprentice unwittingly touched a live wire and was electrocuted.
1929October22Spindleside Colliery, ClelandAlexanderScottRegister of FAI - injuries sustained by explosion of shot which he thought had failed to light
1929October23No 1 Pit, Bardykes collieryJurgisGalinasRegister of FAI - injuries sustained by being crushed between upright roof support and hutches descending an incline
1929October24Bedlay CollieryPatrickCaseyNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1929October26Lady HelenGeorgeSeathNewspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1929October30Minto CollieryGeorgeGallowayNewspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1929November2Auchincruive CollieryEdward DevlinMcGhee Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1929November2Loanhead (Burghlee) CollieryWalter BorthwickStewartNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929November2Wester AuchengeichJamesNeilNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
1929November2Westwood Pit, LivingstonJamesHughesFAI record – NAS " James Hughes, pit-pony-driver, Menzies' Buildings, East Calder, died on 2 November 1929 at Liberton Cottage Hospital for Incurables, Liberton, from injuries sustained on 5 June 1929 in Westwood Pit, Livingston Parish, West Lothian, when he slipped and fell in front of a rake of hutches, which passed over him"
1929November3Balgonie CollieryWilliamMorrison Newspaper report - Fife pages
1929November7BlairmuckhillJohnMcClennie or McCluneyNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1929November7KnockshinnockRobertWilson Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1929 November 19No 2 Pit, Greenfield Colliery ThomasFinegan Register of FAI - injuries sustained by being crushed between a hutch and the side of the road
1929November21Wester GartshoreWilliamMcElhaneyNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
1929November25Lassodie CollieryGeorgeWhitelawNewspaper report - Beath pages
1929 November 26 No 4 Auchincruive Pit Thomas Johnston Heavy fall of stone. With thanks to an anonymous contributor for information on this fatality
1929November28MossblownWilliamMurray Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1929December3Viewpark CollieryThomasNorrisNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Falls of roof  At Viewpark Colliery, Lanark two repairers were engaged in enlarging a main haulage road where the supports consisted of girders with props under each end, or, in some cases, one end needled into the hard side. It appears as if the third and fourth girders back from the point at which the men were enlarging the road, some side stone slipped and displaced the end props from under these girders.  The roof was very friable, and both men were buried under the fallen girders, packing timber and small material. Further falls took place during rescue work.  There were distance pieces between the girder webs, but if the end props have been firmly laced and had each had a clip in front to prevent it being driven out, the chance of accident would have been minimised.  Wooden propping under the ends of the girders is never thoroughly satisfactory in soft material, and steel arching is safer on such roads.
1929 December 11 Blantyreferme Campbell Gilmour Death cert & RCE - Natural causes
1929 December 12 Randolph Colliery James Logan Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a fall of coal at the working face
1929December15Bank CollieryJohnBreckney Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
Information from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Explosion  At Bank Colliery, Ayr 15 men were in a small longwall district in a seam worked partly by naked lights when an explosion occurred, and 14 men were injured, of whom three died.   The fireman on each of the three shifts had reported the presence of gas in nearly every working place for 12 days prior to the explosion.  Electric cap lamps were being used on the shift in which the accident occurred.  There was electricity in the district, but it was not being used at the moment of the explosion, nor were shots being fired. Some, but not all of the men, had been told not to take pipes or matches into the district. The fireman was making his inspection when the explosion occurred. A standby fan was running on the surface, the main fan having broken down. Part of the airway at one end of the line of face had fallen. The general arrangements for coursing the ventilation underground were in my opinion unsatisfactory.  I make no comment meantime as the Fatal Accident Inquiry has not, at the date of writing, been held.
1929December15FurnaceyardEdwardSkeldingNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929 December 18 No 6 Mine, Ardenrigg Colliery Joseph McComb Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a fall of stone from the roof
1929December24CarridenGeorgeMulhollandNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1929 December 24 Polbeth No 26 Shale Mine Robert Ross Dickson Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a quantity of coal falling on him
1929 December 27 No 1 Pit Ross Colliery, Ferniegair Henry Paterson Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a fall of stone from the roof
1929 December 31No 1 Pit, Bent Colliery JamesQuinn Register of FAI - injuries sustained through being crushed between a wagon and the cross beams of a screening plant
1929December  MillhallAlanMcDonaldNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1929NKNKBlantyreferme CollieryNKNKInformation from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Electricity At Blantyreferme Colliery, Lanark, a conveyor pan shifter, with the assistance of another man, was manipulating a conveyor pan into its new position in a low and very wet working. The pan was on its edge, and it was allowedto ride over alive flexible cable connected to a working coal cutting machine. The edge cut through the cab tyre sheath and into a live conductor. Both men received a severe shock and, in the case of one, it proved fatal.  The operation on a coal cutter face like this should be such that when conveyor shifting is going on coal cutters should not be working in the same face and the trailing cables should be coiled up somewhere out of the way.
1929NKNKPortland 4/6 CollieryNKNKInformation from the Inspectors of Mines - 1929: Shaft Accident  The other fatality from a rope breakage occurred at Portland 4/6 Colliery, Ayr, when a fireman who was called upon to examine the guides, which were giving trouble in a blind pit used for lowering coal from one seam to another, was killed. He was descending the shaft when the cage stuck for a moment or two, then fell away, and broke the rope. This was not a shaft in which persons were lowered or raised except for such work as the fireman had undertaken.
1929 NK NK Tofts No 2 Mine, Tarbolton Hugh Watson Henderson Register of FAI - instantaneously killed in shaft by falling from a ladder
1929 NK NK Knockshinnoch Mine Alexander Young Register of FAI - instantaneously killed by fall of stone from the roof
1929 NK NK No 1 Pit, Dumbreck Colliery Hugh Connor Register of FAI - injuries sustained while pushing a hutch and falling on the pavement
1929 NK NK Lochhead (Victoria) Colliery Angus Cameron Gunn Register of FAI - injuries sustained by a fall of stone from the roof
1929 NK NK No 1 Pit, Neilsland Colliery William Robson Register of FAI - injuries sustained by being crushed between the top of a hutch and the roof of the road
1929 NK NK Auchincruive No 2 Mossblown Mine Samuel McMillan McAleese Register of FAI - killed by being crushed between a moving hutch and an iron beam
1929 NK NK Littlemill No 2 Rankinston Mine Andrew Deans McDonald Register of FAI - killed by being struck and dragged by a loaded runaway hutch
1929 NK NK No 7 Shale Mine, Deans Alexander Hunter Register of FAI - turned ill and died from cerebral haemorrhage
1929 NK NK No 1 Pit, Bannockburn Colliery William Meek Register of FAI - injuries sustained by being crushed between an empty hutch and a hutch loaded with coal
1929 NK NK No 1 Pit, Bardykes Colliery Thomas Turner Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a hutch becoming derailed
1929 NK NK Auchengeich Colliery William Morison Register of FAI - gas poisoning sustained while cleaning a gas cooler
1929 NK NK Bothwell Castle Colliery James Blair Register of FAI - found dead in the enginehouse, cause of death was haemorrhage into the membranes and surface of the base of the brain from rupture of one of the blood vessels
1929 NK NK No 4 Pit, Bredisholm Colliery Edward McDermott Register of FAI - injuries sustained by being run over by a rake of hutches
1929 NK NK No 2 Pit, Douglas Park Colliery James Heslin Register of FAI - injuries sustained by a fall of stone from the roof
1929 NK NK Newbigging Limestone Mine, BurntislandRichard Murray Penman Register of FAI - injuries sustained by being run over by a wagon loaded with limestone
1929 NK NK Rimmon Pit, Rimmon & Calderhead CollieryAlexander McNeill Register of FAI - injuries sustained through a fall of stone from the roof
1929 NK NK Wellington Colliery Robert Kerr Register of FAI - instantaneously killed by a fall of stone from the roof
1929 NK NK Newcraighall Colliery Joseph Brown Register of FAI - fall of material from the roof
1929 NK NK Ramsay Colliery, Loanhead James Stevenson Register of FAI - caught by the machinery of an aerial wire ropeway
1929 NK NK Prestonlinks Colliery Robert Russell Register of FAI - crushed by descending balance weight of a timber hoist
1929 NK NK Wellington Colliery Alexander Knox Register of FAI - fell down shaft, a distance of about 15 fathoms, when the mine winding rope attached to the cage broke
1929 NK NK No 1 Pit Muiredge Colliery David Cairns Register of FAI - injuries sustained to fingers when turning armature of a coal cutting machine
1929 NK NK Newton Colliery Andrew Lambie Register of FAI - fall of fireclay from roof of working place
1929 NK NK North Motherwell Colliery Alexander Paterson Register of FAI - fall of coal from coal face in working place
1929 NK NK Bothwellpark Colliery Robert Currie Register of FAI - injuries received through loaded bogieoverturning and falling on deceased

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