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also Weigher, Justiceman

The checkweighman was employed by the miners to ensure their filled hutches of shale were fairly weighed at the surface by the pitheadman and therefore ensure the correct amount was paid for the shale each miner produced.

Wages & Working Hours

In 1958, an Agreement Between the Scottish Shale Oil Companies and the National Union of Shale Miners & Oil Workers records that weighers earned 27s 8d per shift. Above ground workers handling shale worked an 11 day fortnight averaging 40.5 hours per week.


Mr B worked as a checkweighman and was voted into this position by fellow workers. His job was to observe the Pitheadman as he recorded the weights of the full hutches coming up from the pits. GB, Checkweighman, No. 35 Pit Philpstoun

"Joe Kinsman was the checkweighman at Burngrange, we used to pay a shilling a week from each faceman and drawer in the pit and that went into a fund and you paid the checkweighman his wage". JM , Burngrange No. 1 & 2 Pit

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