United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
Report of mine inspector for Indian territory, pp. 641-704 PDF (25.9 MB)
704 REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. Summary of accidents by shot firing and explosions of all kinds occurring in mines for the year ended June 30, 1905. Non- Cause. fatal and fatal. G a s e x p l o s io n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . --- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- 2 3 Shot firing ................................................................................... 17 Missouri, Kansas and Texas Coal Co., explosion, cause unknown.-----------------------13 Explosion of powder------------------------------------------------------------4 Total----------------- ------ --------------- - -- SUGGESTIONS IN REGARD TO MINE LEGISLATION. In concluding this report I beg respectfully to call attention to the fact that while the laws passed for the protection of the lives of the miners in the Indian Territory are excellent and amply sufficient for the points sought to be covered, there are a great many matters for which no legislation exists and which are continually being made matters of controversy and brought to the mine inspector for atten- tion. I respectfully suggest that a law ought to be passed compelling all mine owners and operators to notify the mine inspector when a new opening is made and to notify him when an opening has been abandoned. A large number of small openings are constantly being made without the knowledge of the mine inspector and being at a considerable distance he has no means of knowing of their existence until called to his attention from unofficial sources. A law should be passed, I believe, requiring a map or plan of each mine to be submitted to the mine inspector at regular intervals, and especially when a mine is abandoned, and this is necessary because of the danger to new mines when approaching or nearing old workings from water and other causes. A law regulating the character and use of explosives in mines would be beneficial and a law regulating the character of the oil used in mines should be passed for the reason that oil of an inferior and deleterious character is a menace to both the health and safety of the men employed in the mine. I think that some law should be passed specifying the conditions under which fire bosses or gas men should be employed and make their examinations of the mine. A law should be passed, I think, regulating the number of hours that a shot firer must take to perform his duties, many of the accidents from shot firing being -caused by the reckless haste and hurried manner in which shot firers perform their work, often firing from five to ten shots in rapid succession. There are other matters which, of course, could be suggested, but these are the principal ones which occur to me and which have been forced to my attention by questions arising in regard to the subjects above named, and in acting on such matters I have not been able to find any law guiding me in my attempts to increase the safety and protection of both lives and property. Respectfully submitted. WILLIAM CAMERON, United States Mine Inspector for the Indian Territory. Hon. ETHAN ALLEN HITCHCOCK, Secretary of the Interior, IWashington, P. C.
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