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Accidents at work

newliston mine rescue team

Newliston mine rescue team

It is unfortunate that the only surviving record of an individual working in the shale oil industry may be a report of a death or injury at work. In the early days of the industry both the mining of shale and the processing of oil took a terrible toll in human life. Information is presented here from a number of sources and will be extended as research progresses.

By far the worst accident in shale mining history occurred on the 10th January 1947, when 15 men lost their lives as a result of an explosion and fire in Burngrange No. 1 & 2 Pit. The Ministry of Fuel & Power report of an investigation into the disaster can be read here.


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