Oral Answers to Questions — Mine Accidents.

– in the House of Commons on 15th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of fatal accidents, the number of persons killed and the number injured, in mines for the six months ended 30th June, 1942?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

During the period 1st January to 27th June, 1942, there were 389 fatal accidents, causing the death of 479 persons. The total number of persons injured is not available, but 1,370 persons were reported to be seriously injured.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Will the Parliamentary Secretary tell the House whether the fatal accidents at the coal face from falls of ground show an increase or a decrease, and whether the figures for the six months show an increase on the first six months of last year?

Nature of Accidents.No. of Persons Killed.No. of Persons Seriously Injured.
Reported during week.*TOTALS.Reported during week.TOTALS.
From beginning of year.Corresponding period of previous year.From beginning of year.Corresponding period of previous year.
Mines under Coal Mines Acts:
Falls of Ground:
(a) At the face1018524329528608
(b) On the roads1243328480
Haulage and Transport79010013326354
Gases, Coal Dust and Fires:
(a) Explosions13952436547
(b) Others3823
Machinery632926
Other Underground Accidents38247193189
Surface Accidents238466143162
Total33479481601,3701,469
Metalliferous Mines10611118
Quarries1223437369
*Including deaths previously reported as non-fatal.