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or Roadsman Repairer, Tip Roadsman

Roadsmen were employed by the company to inspect, maintain and repair underground and tip roadways or haulage tracks. Duties included removing falls from the roofs of roads and air courses and supporting loose strata through the use and renewal of timber supports which were susceptible to decay from moisture, principally in the return airways.

Wages & Working Hours

The average weekly wage of a roadsman in 1886 (Board of Trade Census of Wages) was 24s 1d. The report states that most underground workers, with the exception of miners and drawers, worked between 54 and 60 hours per week.

By 1912 an agreement between the Scottish Mineral Oil Association and the Scottish Shale Miner's Association records that roadsmen over the age of 21 received up to 6s 0d per shift and those aged between 19 and 21 earned between 4s 8d and 5s 4d per shift.

In 1957, a leading roadsman (an experienced roadsman in charge of a small group of other less experienced roadsmen) earned 30s 4¼d per shift (Scottish Oils Ltd Comparisons of Various Day Rates of Wages Between Shale and Coal Mines).

In 1958, an Agreement Between the Scottish Shale Oil Companies and the National Union of Shale Miners & Oil Workers records that Roadsmen earned at least 30/3 per shift and worked an 11 day fortnight averaging 40.5 hours per week.

Additional Resources

Accident Reports

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