|Explosion kills 16 miners (1910)|
|Skrivet av David Wilma / HistoryLink.org|
Explosion kills 16 coal miners at Black Diamond on November 6, 1910.
On November 6, 1910, an explosion kills 16 coal miners in the Pacific Coast Co. Lawson Mine at Black Diamond, located in eastern King County. Because the slope caved in on the miners, five of their bodies were never recovered. The cause of the accident could not be determined.
The dead were identified as follows:
Rescuers used four of the new Draeger oxygen units supplied by the Mine Rescue Station at the University of Washington. The Mine Rescue Station was established with contributions from mines in Washington in March 1910 after a demonstration of the equipment at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The station trained mine workers to use the equipment in smoke and gas filled mine tunnels.
The Inspector of Coal Mines reported that although the number of fatalities had increased, the following improvements to the industry had taken effect:
Report of the State Inspector of Coal Mines for the Biennial Period ending December 31, 1910,
(Olympia: State Printer, 1911), 7, 63, 75-78.
By David Wilma, May 21, 2000
By David Wilma, May 21, 2000 / HistoryLink.org
|Senast uppdaterad 2010-10-25 21:05|