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1881 Annual Report of the Inspectors of Mines


Middle District (Luzerne and Carbon counties) Non Fatal Accidents


July 19, 1880 through December 31, 1880 inclusive







(Listing by Date, Accident No., Name of Person Injured, Age, Name of Collieries, and Remarks)

July 19- 1 - JAMES MCGLYNN - 19 - No. 9, Sugar Notch - Remarks: Arm broken by a car which went over the dump.

July 19 - 2 - NELSON MAPFIELD - 16 - Mill Creek slope - Remarks: Hand fractured between the bumpers of cars.

July 20 - 3 - GOMER LEWIS - 17 - Tunnel No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly inured by a kick from a mule.

July 21 - 4 - THOMAS HILL - 40 - Shaft No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly burned by explosion of gas.

July 28 - 5 - CORNELIUS MCCOBE - 26 - Baltimore Tunnel - Remarks: Leg broken by a fall of coal.

July 28 - 6 - JAMES KENNEY - .... - Pine Ridge Shaft - Remarks: Two toes broken by a piece of coal which fell on his foot.

July 30 - 7 - PATRICK WELSH - 23 - Midvail Colliery - Remarks: Two teeth broken and lip cut by a kick from a mule.

July 31 - 8 - LEWIS GRIFFITHS - 40 - Grand Tunnel - Remarks: Slightly injured by a premature blast.

Aug. 3 - 9 - JOHN DUFFEY- 14 - Enterprise - Remarks: Back slightly injured by falling under cars

Aug. 6 - 10 - CHARLES MILLER- 23 - Slope No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly injured by a fall of rock in gangway

Aug. 9 - 11 - HUGH JONES - 35 - No. 9, Sugar Notch - Remarks: Severely burned by explosion of keg of powder

Aug 9 - 12 - BENJAMIN R. JONES- 26 - Shaft No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly injured by falling timber.

Aug. 9 - 13 - WILLIAM NORK- 28 - Shaft No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly burned by explosion of gas.

Aug. 9 - 14 - RICHARD BRITT- 16 - Boston Mines - Remarks: Leg crushed by falling under loaded cars.

Aug. 9 - 15 - WALTER PRICE- 20 - Enterprise - Remarks: Injured by coal falling from the pillar.

Aug. 11 - 16 - PATRICK DAVITT- .... - Pine Ridge Shaft - Remarks: Burned by explosion of a powder cartridge.

Aug. 11 - 17 - WILLIAM E. LEWIS - 32 - Avondale Remarks: Slightly injured by a premature blast.

Aug. 13 - 18 - FRANK HERMAN - .... - Baltimore Slope - Remarks: Slightly injured by a fall of rider coal.

Aug. 13 - 19 - DAVID W. DAVIES - 14 - Slope No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly jammed between car and prop.

Aug. 16 - 20 - JAMES KEATING- 20 - No. 4, Plymouth - Remarks: Leg bruised by a fragment of coal falling from pillar.

Aug 16 - 21 - DANIEL H. THOMAS- 25 - Honey Pot, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly injured between car and pillar.

Aug. 16 - 22 - JOHN HUGHES- 22 - Slope No. 1.S. Coal Company - Remarks: Leg broken, caught between car and rib.

Aug. 16 - 23 - WILLIAM HOWARD- 34 - Enterprise - Remarks: Leg bruised by a runaway car on slope.

Aug. 18 - 24 - ALBERT KROLINSKI - 50 - No. 3, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly injured by a prop rolling over him in the yard.

Aug. 24 - 25 - JOHN D. TIGHE- 39 - Exeter - Remarks: Slightly injured by a fall of black rock.

Aug. 24 - 26 - PATRICK HEFFRON - 13 - Enterprise - Remarks: Temple cut and leg bruised by car knocking a door against him.

Aug. 25 - 27 - DAVID H. DAVIES - 45 - Slope No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Ankle injured by him barring coal down on it.

Aug. 27 - 28 - PETER MYLINGER - 30 - Prospect - Remarks: Injured by a fall of roof.

Aug. 30 - 29 - JOHN MCCARTY- 35 - Brown Slope,F. Coal Company - Remarks: Severely injured by a fall of coal.

Aug. 31 - 30 - DAVID J. WILLIAMS- 72 - Nottingham - Remarks: Head and ribs squeezed between car and rib.

Aug. 31 - 31 - THOMAS MCDONALD- 35 - Breaker No. 5, Nanticoke - Remarks: Hand lacerated by a car running into carriage pit.

Sept. 2 - 32 - JOHN DAGNON - 30 - Slope No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Burned by explosion of gas.

Sept. 4 - 33 - JACOB A. MORGAN- 30 - Shaft No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Cut on arm by falling coal.

Sept. 4 - 34 - IRVING MINNICK- 19 - No. 9, Sugar Notch - Remarks: Slightly jammed between car and prop.

Sept. 4 - 35 - JAMES BRISLIN- 27 - Hartford - Remarks: Back and leg injured by car running over him.

Sept. 6 - 36 - SIMON MARAZONI- 25 - Tunnel No. 1. Nanticoke - Remarks: Ribs broken by a fall of fire-clay.

Sept. 6 - 37 - JOHN HUGHES- 14 - Old Slope, Franklin - Remarks: Thigh severely cut by falling under cars.

Sept. 7 - 38 - JAMES HINES- 38 - Shaft No. 2, Kingston - Remarks: Thigh fractured by coal flying from a blast.

Sept. 8 - 39 - MICHAEL MURPHY- 30 - Prospect Colliery - Remarks: Slight cut on head by returning too soon to a blast.

Sept. 10 - 40 - JOSEPH RAWLING - 40 - Pine Ridge - Remarks: Small bone of leg fractured by a premature blast.

Sept. 10 - 41 - JOHN PRITCHARD- 15 - No. 11, Plymouth - Remarks: Arm lost by falling under cars.

Sept 10 - 42 - LEO DUTSCH- 13 - Hollenback - Remarks: Teeth knocked out by kick of a mule.

Sept. 10 - 43 - BENJAMIN DAVIES - 25 - Shaft No. 2, Kingston - Remarks: Face badly cut by a fall of slate.

Sept. 10 - 44 - THOMAS TAMBLYN- .... - Baltimore Slope - Remarks: Injured by runaway trip at foot of slope.

Sept 11 - 45 - JOHN LANGDON - 14 - Shaft No. 2, Kingston - Remarks: Knee squeezed between bumpers of cars.

Sept. 11 - 46 - RICHARD LLOYD- 29 - Nottingham Shaft - Remarks: Slightly injured, caught between cars.

Sept. 13 - 47 - WILLIAM DEVLIN- 17 - Henry Colliery - Remarks: Kicked by a mule on side of his head.

Sept. 13 - 48 - WILLIAM LAWLOR - ... - Laurel Run - Remarks: Cut above his eye and bruised about the hips by a fall of coal.

Sept. 14 - 49 - MICHAEL DOOLEY - ... - Enterprise - Remarks: Both were slightly burned by an explosion of gas in an old chamber.

Sept. 14 - 50 - MICHAEL SWEENEY - ... - Enterprise - Remarks: Both were slightly burned by an explosion of gas in an old chamber.

Sept 15 - 51 - PATRICK FINLEY- 50 - No. 3, West Nanticoke - Remarks: Cut severely above hip, being struck by a car.

Sept. 16 - 52 - THOMAS A JONES - 35 - Shaft No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Both slightly burned by an explosion of gas in cross-cut between airway and gangway.

Sept. 16 - 53 - JOSEPH WEISS- 26 - Shaft No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Both slightly burned by an explosion of gas in cross-cut between airway and gangway.

Sept. 18 - 54 - DAVID J. EDWARDS- 28 - Empire Shaft - Remarks: Severe cuts on thigh by falling under a car.

Sept. 18 - 55 - THOMAS L. JONES- 25 - Empire Shaft - Remarks: Cut on his foot by a lump of coal rolling on it.

Sept. 22 - 56 - DANIEL EVERETT - .... - Laurel Run - Remarks: Back severely bruised by a fall of rider coal.

Sept. 22 - 57 - WILLIAM R. POWELL - 14 - Slope No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly injured, being struck by a car which jumped the track.

Sept. 28 - 58 - JOHN T. CORCORAN- 14 - Shaft No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly injured by a runaway car.

Sept. 29 - 59 - DANIEL EVANS- 33 - Grand Tunnel - Remarks: Severely cut on neck by a piece of coal falling.

Sept. 30 - 60 - MICHAEL LEONARD- 20 - Diamong Shaft Remaks: Arm crushed and amputated, caught between guide and carriage in the shaft.

Sept. 30 - 61 - HENRY SKIPPER- 16 - Enterprise Colliery - Remarks: Hips slightly bruised, caught between car and prop.

Sept. 30 - 62 - THOMAS HUGHES - 49 - Enterprise Colliery - Remarks: Legs slightly bruised by a premature blast.

Sept. 30 - 63 - HENRY HOWELLS - 28 - Tunnel No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly inured by a prop falling on him.

Sept. 30 - 64 - WILLIE REES- 14 - Gaylord Shaft - Remarks: Leg fractured, struck by passing cars.

Oct. 7 - 65 - GEORGE HUM - 30 - No. 3. Grand Tunnel - Remarks: Back slightly injured by a fall of coal.

Oct. 8 - 66 - MORRIS CAFFERN- 13 - Hollenback Shaft - Remarks: Two ribs broken by falling from the breaker window

Oct. 11 - 67 - JOHN LALLY - 14 - Hollenback Shaft - Remarks: Collar broken by falling from the breaker window

Oct. 12 - 68 - DAVID W. WILLIAMS- 40 - Diamond Shaft - Remarks: Slightly injured on back and arm by a premature blast.

Oct. 12 - 69 - ROBERT ESTELL- 30 - Matby Colliery - Remarks Injured on head and back by a fall of coal

Oct. 13 - 70 - THOMAS BRUNATTO- 55 - Slope No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly burned by explosion of gas.

Oct. 14 - 71 -CHARLES TIGUE- 25 - Exeter Colliery - Remarks: Skull fractured by blast exploding through the pillar from another chamber.

Oct. 14 - 72 - THOMAS MORGAN- 17 - Henry Colliery - Remarks: Leg severely crushed by falling under a car. His foot caught in the latch, throwing him down.

Oct. 15 - 73 - STEVEN METZING- 32 - Mill Creek Slope - Remarks: Arm broken by falling while running from a blast.

Oct. 15 - 74 - PETER KILGER - Mill Creek Slope - Remarks: Thigh bruised by a kick from a mule.

Oct. 16 - 75 - DAVID DAVIES- .... - Gaylord - Remarks: Arm fractured; clothing caught in a shaft in the breaker, wind-him around with it.

Oct. 16 - 76 - PAT CAFFERTY- 25 - No. 9, Sugar Notch - Remarks: Face and hands slightly burned by explosion of gas.

Oct. 16 - 77 - JERRY SEXTON- 36 - Shaft No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Slightly injured by a blast. Cut the match short.

Oct. 20 - 78 - JOSEPH PEARSON- 16 - Pine Ridge Colliery Remarks: Shoulder bone broken, being crushed between car and side of gangway.

Oct. 20 - 79 - WILLIAM NORK - 28 - Shaft No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: ankle sprained by a fall of rock from side.

Oct. 20 - 80 - ARTHUR EVERETT- 11 - Laurel Run Remarks: Two fingers crushed between the screen and plank.

Oct. 21 - 81 - DECKER SCHOOLEY- .... - Maltby Remarks: Chest injured; squeezed beteen the cage and beam; caught by attempting to jump out too soon.

Oct. 22 - 82 - JOHN HILL- 36 - Laurel Run - Remarks: Shoulder and hips bruised by a fall from rider coal.

Oct. 22 - 83 - WILLIAM DICKEY- 18 - Diamond Breaker - Remarks: Arm bruised; caught between top of car and chute.

Oct. 23 - 84 - HAMILTON SEYMOUR- 23 - Shaft No. 2, Nanticoke - Remarks: Foot crushed by a runaway car; brake broke while he was on.

Oct. 23 - 85 - PETER VANWAY- 15 - Oak Wood Prospect - Remarks: Leg broken; loaded trip jumped the track near foot of slope and caught him.

Oct. 25 - 86 - PATRICK MEEHAN- 54 - Diamond Colliery - Remarks: Leg broken near the ankle by a fall of blacksmith coal.

Oct. 26 - 87 - SAMUEL STEVENSON- 35 - Maltby - Remarks: Leg broken; was holding a car while the mule was passing; trace chain caught and pulled the car upon him.

Oct. 26 - 88 -ESSEX WILLIAMS- 31 - Nottingham - Remarks: Severely injured by a fall of top coal.

Oct. 28 - 89 - DAVID W. THOMAS- 45 - Nottingham - Remarks: Leg broken near ankle; caught between two pieces of timber.

Oct.28 - 90 - GEORGE IRWIN- 73 - Diamond - Remarks: Ribs fractured; being struck by a culm car.

Oct. 28 - 91 - JOHN FELTS- 37 - Hartford, No. 6 - Remarks: Leg slightly injured by coal running from chute.

Oct. 29 - 92 - WILLIAM HAMILTON - 28 - Slope No. 4, Nanticoke - Remarks: Leg broken by collision of cars near head of slope.

Oct. 29 - 93 - BERNARD FOX - 14 - Oak Wood Prospect - Remarks: Hip bruised; caught between car and prop.

Oct. 30 - 94 - THOMAS J. O. MALLEY- 28 - Forty Fort - Remarks: Leg broken and scalp lacerated by a fall or roof.

Nov. 1 - 95 - JOSEPH TURNER- .... - Shaft No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Knee broken. These men, with six others, were on the cage descending the shaft, when the fans of the upper lift happened to be closed, and stopped the cage unexpectedly, causing the injuries stated.

Nov. 1 - 96 - CHARLES WILLIS- --- - Shaft No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Knee broken. These men, with six others, were on the cage descending the shaft, when the fans of the upper lift happened to be closed, and stopped the cage unexpectedly, causing the injuries stated.

Nov. 1 - 97 - WILLIAM DONNEGAN- .... - Shaft No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Knee broken. These men, with six others, were on the cage descending the shaft, when the fans of the upper lift happened to be closed, and stopped the cage unexpectedly, causing the injuries stated.

Nov. 1 - 98 - JOSEPH SEIGNOR- .... - Shaft No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Back injured. These men, with six others, were on the cage descending the shaftr, when the fans of the upper lift happened to be closed, and stopped the cage unexpectedly, causing the injuries stated.

Nov. 1 - 99 - THOMAS ATKINS- 17 - Mill Creek Slope - Remarks: Ribs broken and otherwise injured; caught between the car and the roof.

Nov. 4 - 100 - MICHAEL BLACK- 60 - Franklin - Remarks: Leg broken by a lump of coal rolling on it.

Nov. 4 - 101 - GEORGE GALITELY- 26 - Mineral Spring - Remarks: Hip broken and otherwise injured by a fall of roof.

Nov. 4 - 102 - CHARLES BAMRICK- 30 - Diamond Shaft - Remarks: These six men were burned by explosion of gas. They were working together driving a tunnel, and the parties on the previous shift had just blasted a round of holes, which had tapped a blower of gas. When these men came to relieve the other shift, they went on to the face of the tunnel, and an explosion occurred, which burned these six men slightly.

Nov. 4 - 103 - DAVID H. THOMAS- 24 - Diamond Shaft - Remarks: These six men were burned byexplosion of gas. They were working together driving a tunnel, and the parties on the previous shift had just blasted a round of holdes, which had tapped a blower of gas. When these men came to relieve the other shift, they went on to the face of the tunnel and an explosion occurred, which burned these six men slightly.

Nov. 4 - 104 - JOHN H. THOMAS- 35 - Diamond Shaft - Remarks: These six men were burned by explosion of gas. They were working together driving a tunnel, and the parties on the previous shift had just blasted a round of holes, which had tapped a blower of gas. When these men came to relieve the other shift, they went on to the face of the tunnel, and an explosion occurred, which burned these six men slightly.

Nov. 4 - 105 - JOHN M. THOMAS- 25 - Diamond Shaft - Remarks: These six men were burned by explosion of gas. They were working together driving a tunnel, and the parties on the previous shift had just blasted a round of holes, which had tapped a blower of gas. When these men came to relieve the other shift, they went on to the face of the tunnel, and an explosion occurred, which burned these six men slightly.

Nov. 4 - 106 - CHARLES WILLIAMS- 20 - Diamond Shaft - Remarks: These six men were burned by explosion of gas. They were working together driving a tunnel, and the parties on the previous shift had just blasted a round of holes, which had tapped a blower of gas. When these men came to relieve the other shift, they went on to the face of the tunnel, and an explosion occurred, which burned these six men slightly.

Nov. 4 - 107 - THOMAS F. JONES- 24 - Diamond Shaft - Remarks: these six men were burned by explosion of gas. They were working together diriving a tunnel, and the parties on the previous shift had just blasted a round of holes, which had tapped a blower of gas. When these men came to relieve the other shift, they went on to the face of the tunnel, and an explosion occurred, which burned these six men slightly.

Nov. 5 - 108 - ANDREW MARTIN- 28 - Enterprise - Remarks: Hand severely cut by a lump of coal which broke in his hands.

Nov. 12 - 109 - JAMES RALSTON- 13 - Enterprise - Remarks: Leg broken by falling under cars while trying to pass them.

Nov. 13 - 110 - NAPOLEON DAVIES- .... - Mill Creek Slope - Remarks: Leg bruised; caught between door post and car.

Nov. 13 - 111 - PATRICK WELSH- .... - Slope No. 1, Nanticoke - Remarks: Arm fractured by fall of roof.

Nov. 15 - 112 - WILLIAM MORGAN- 16 - Boston Mines - Remarks: Severely injured; his clothing caught in the trace of his mule, which was frightened, ran dragging the boy for some distance with the result stated.

Nov. 19 - 113 - DAVID W. EVANS- .... - Slope No. 4, Nanticoke - Remarks: Burned by an explosion of gas, in an old chamber.

Nov. 19 - 114 - WILLIAM J. THOMAS- .... - Slope No. 4, Nanticoke - Remarks: Burned by an explosion of gas, in an old chamber.

Nov. 20 - 115 - ANTHONY LAVIN- 11 - Laurel Run Breaker - Remarks: Leg broken in two places by sliding on the breaker roof.

Nov. 23 - 116 - MICHAEL HOLLAND- 14 - Franklin Colliery - Remarks: Leg crushed under cars, had to be amputated.

Nov. 24 - 117 - PATRICK MCNALLY- 30 - Exeter Shaft - Remarks: Slightly inured by a fall of roof.

Nov. 26 - 118 - DUDLEY GALLAGHER- 35 - Hutchinson Colliery - Remarks: Leg broken by a fall of roof.

Nov. 26 - 119 - THOMAS SWEENEY- 35 -Hutchinson Colliery - Remarks: Small bone of arm broken by a fall of roof.

Nov. 26 - 120 - THOMAS HOPKINS- 68 - Nottingham Shaft - Remarks: Slightly injurd; struck by a door while riding on a car.

Nov. 29 - 121 - JAMES YOUNG- 41 - Dodson Colliery - Remarks: Nose broken by a premature blast.

Nov. 30 - 122 - MICHAEL MOORE- 15 - Wyoming Shaft - Remarks: Heel crushed; foot caught in a frog and car ran over it.

Dec. 1 - 123 - HUGH REEL- 45 - Baltimore Tunnel - Remarks: Leg and arm broken by a fall of coal from rib.

Dec. 5 - 124 - JAMES BELL- 65 - No. 7, Fan House - Remarks: Burned by explosion of gas, which ignited from the stove in the fan house.

Dec. 7 - 125 - BENJAMIN HOOVER- 14 - East Boston - Remarks: Squeezed between car, and rib severely injured.

Dec. 10 - 126 - CHARLES HUMPHREYS- 24 - Nottingham - Remarks: Slightly injured by a fall of slate.

Dec. 11 - 127 - JOHN BOWMAN- 50 - Sugar Notch, No. 9 - Remarks: Slightly injured by a premature blast.

Dec. 13 - 128 - ABRAM DAVIES- 25 - Hollenback Shaft - Remarks: Face and hands burned by an explosion of gas.

Dec. 21 - 129 - THOMAS MCGUIRE- .... - Mill Creek Slope - Remarks: Slight burned by an explosion of gas.

Dec. 27 - 130 - JOHN BATZLEY- 18 - Hollenback Shaft - Remarks: Leg terribly mangled by falling under cars.

Dec. 27 - 131 - JOHN KINNEY- 53 - No. 5, Plymouth - Remarks: Seriously injured by a fall of coal.


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