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Athens County Mine Inspections 1910

Posted by JRW on February 21, 2011

Three mines were indefinitely abandoned, 3 remained suspended the entire year, 2 small mines were closed down the latter part of the year, on account of financial failure.

The provision of the new code requiring an additional traveling way has been a marked improvement to the ventilation, as it provides two ways to be kept open from the interior to the openings. Very little opposition was encountered in order to secure the enforcement of the new code, which went into effect June 11th; a majority of the owners readily complied, and their management gave every assistance in maintaining a rigid enforcement, for which they are to be commended.

Central openings were made into the interior workings, for ready escape in case of an emergency, in the most extensive mines. Recording pressure gauges were provided at all mines generating fire damp, and daily records kept of the air pressure; also test weights on the tipple to test the weigh scales.

The coal trade has been exceptionally good during the year, the mines worked a little better than two-thirds time, compared with less than one-half time any previous year, notwithstanding they were all idle during the month of April, while a wage scale was being adjusted; only minor troubles of local importance disturbed the operations and they were quickly disposed of. In all, the year has been a prosperous one.

It is to be regretted that I am compelled to report 10 fatal accidents to our fellow craftsmen: 2 by fall of slate in Sunday Creek Mine No. 201; one by fall of slate in Juniper No. 1; one by fall of slate in New Pittsburg No. 9; one by fall of slate in Northern Fuel No. 24; one by fall of coal in I.uhrig No. 3; one by fall of coal in Juniper No. 2; one by colliding with a trip of cars in Sunday Creek No. 256; making a total of six by fall of slate, two by fall of coal and one by colliding with mine cars, a more complete report of which will appear in another part of the annual report. No explosions of gas occurred during the year. One mine fire which broke out in Sunday Creek mine No. ‘209, on March 9th, from a shot in the coal, which ignited a feeder of gas, at the face of 3rd east, at quitting time, and was not discovered until about three hours later ,by the night man, and was then beyond his control. The officials of the mine were notified, but when they arrived on the scene the fire was beyond all control. They proceeded to confine the fire to a small space by sealing it, when an explosion occurred, apparently at the bottom of the up cast shaft, about 3000 ft. from where the fire originated; the gases from the fire had gathered at the outlet and were ignited by the trolley wheel at that point, while supplies were being taken into the mine. There is no doubt in my mind, bat what the explosion originated at or near the outlet, as the force of it damaged the fan and main shaft to some extent. The persons who were near the fire at the time, say it was very indistinct; this placed a fear on some of the persons in charge and they were advised by the chief engineer to seal the shafts. Two months later the seal was removed and the fan operated about eight hours, there being no signs of any fumes in the return air; with a party of the Company’s officials we entered the mine to close first west door; before reaching that point there was a reaction in the current, indicating a light explosion, or a large fall. The following morning, there being no fumes or signs of fire at the outlet of air, we again entered the mine and reached the main south within 1000 ft. of where the fire started, and found black smoke coming slowly out of the fire district. Mr. Monsarrat, manager of mines, advised that the shafts again be sealed. Two months later, they were opened and the seal placed inside of main south entry, reducing the lire district to about three acres; the enclosure generated gas until the pressure became so great that the gas oozed through under the walls into the mine. I advised that a drill hole be sunk into the enclosure from the surface, but instead a 3 inch pipe line inserted into the seal at the top, running to the surface was installed, which answered the purpose, releasing the pressure to the surface. December 10th, the seal was removed and the fire was found entirely extinguished; it had scarcely burned into solid coal, which indicated that very little air had made its way to the fire to support combustion. We are pleased to compliment the management and those in charge fur the effective way in which the matter was handled.

In conclusion 1 desire to state that my relations with both miners and operators have been of the most pleasant character, and the assistance of both in securing better conditions around the mines is fully appreciated. In addition I desire to thank you for the valuable and timely advice given at all times during the year, and for the many courtesies shown by yourself and members of the Department.

Very respectfully,

Jno. L. Mcdonald,

December 11, 1910. Inspector 3rd District.


New Pittsburg No. 9.

Situated one mile southwest of Chauncey, Ohio, on the H. V. R. R. Operated by the New Pittsburg Coal Co., Columbus, Ohio. M. M. Kassler, Nelsonville, O., Dist. Supt.; George Butts, same place, mine foreman; Charles Walters, assistant. Shaft opening, 102 ft. in depth; No. 6 seam; 6 ft. thick; equipped with electric power; machine mining; motor haulage; fan ventilation; 208 loaders, 20 machine men, 53 day men, employed. February 26th, found mine in good condition. July 8th, requested door placed between 3 and 4, east north, and fine coal removed from the tracks; also breakthroughs between rooms kept free from obstructions; otherwise conditions satisfactory. October 4th, in good condition. December 22nd was called to investigate the death of William Wearn, who was injured December 15th at the face of No. 3 room, on 6th west entry, by fall of slate; died December 20th; his foot was badly injured, blood poison set in. Made partial inspection of mine, conditions found good.

New Pittsburg No. 10.

Situated 3 miles north of Athens, Ohio, on the H. V. R. R. Operated by the New Pittsburg Coal Co., Columbus, Ohio. M. M. Kassler, Nelsonville, O., Dist. Supt.; Joseph Slater, Athens, O., mine forman; Fred Slater, same place, assistant. Shaft opening, 187 ft. in depth; No. 6 seam; 4 to 6 ft. thick; double and triple entry system; equipped with electric power; machine mining: motor haulage; fan ventilation; 149 loaders, 14 machine men, 63 day men, employed. January 20th, in good condition. June 9th, requested that doors be repaired so they would close of their own accord; also requested doors placed on the outside end of motor switches. August 24th, visited mine, in company with Chief Inspector Harrison, to examine cages, on which a rack is used while lowering and hoisting men; a more substantial arrangement was advised to be used instead of the rack. October 14th, conditions satisfactory, except the cages were not equipped with the safety appliances on the sides, as requested on my former visit.

Sunday Creek No. 10.

Situated two miles west of Glouster, Ohio, on the K. & M. R. R. Operated by the Sunday Creek Co., Columbus, O. D. H. Williams, Glouster, O.,- Dist. Supt.: J. F. Roberts, Derthie, O., mine foreman; Walter Hayden, same place, assistant. Shaft opening, 110 ft. in depth; No. 6 seam; 6 ft. thick; double entry system; equipped with electric power; machine mining; motor haulage; fan ventilation; 198 loaders, 22 machine men, 70 day men, employed. February 27th, the management was advised to investigate the speed with which the man trip was run, while taking the men in before starting time, and to prevent men from congregating on the switches; also see that miners timbered better; otherwise conditions were satisfactory. May 4th, in good condition. July 22nd, requested that stoppings be repaired on south side, which is not in actual course of working, and to place brick stoppings between 5 and 6 north; mine generally in good order. October 17th, advised that loose top, at bottom of stairway, be taken down or securely timbered, also refuge holes made on motor pass switch; otherwise conditions satisfactory.

D. S. Weitzell, district superintendent, resigned; succeeded by Harry Kelley. Sunday Creek No. 10 X.

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One Response to “Athens County Mine Inspections 1910”

  1. A family member recommended me to this site. Thnx for the resources.

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