Accidents in the Shale Industry

From almost the first day of the shale industry one thing was ever-present – accidents. The men who pulled the shale from the bowels of the earth, much like their counterparts in the collieries, were killed and maimed in huge numbers.

The staff and volunteers at the Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry are listing all known deaths and injuries on its website. What became apparent as we were adding these to the site was that the vast majority fell into one of three categories – explosion, crushing and falling shale.

Vigil at Burngrange, 1947 (LVSAV2016.121)

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