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Famous Mining Accidents

Updated on August 18, 2015
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Courrieres Mine Disaster

On March 10, 1906, an explosion occured in the Courrieres Colliery, in northern France. The explosion was said to have happened because of flames that weren't completely put out at the time the workers were mining; while others have thought of other possible explanations, this one in particular can be supported. A gas had been let into the mine where there were 1,795 people mining, and having there been flames, this slowly became the workers fate. Hundreds of workers found themselves injured, but the number of deaths wouldn't be known exactly, until later on. Of those who came to rescue the workers, many were believed to have died, making this even more tragic. Those who came to the rescue, who didn't die in an attempt to rescue workers, slowly and safely brought many who were believed to be dead, above the mines. Only 200 bodies were recovered days later, when April 1, 1906 had arrived. For those who weren't rescued immediately, the mines would be where they stayed until it were possible to find them and bring them to the very surface. The death count had reached over 1,000, but just below 1,100; whereas the total injury count reached above 600. The last of those who were found received honorary titles and are remembered just as much so, as this day. This mining disaster is still on record as being the worst in France today.

Mitsubishi Hojyo Coal Mine Disaster

Taking place on December 15, 1914, a gas explosion occured at the Mitsubishi Hojyo coal mine on an island in Japan, sending black smoke into an elevator cage where the mine was, eventually rocketing it meters above, killing everyone in it and also those who surrounded it. 687 people were confirmed dead, while many saw the after shock and witnessed what would be the worst coal mine disaster in Japan. Unlike others coal mine disasters, the problem that caused this tragedy was more explainable and not a trace of evidence was recovered to make someone believe that this wasn't infact, another gas explosion in a coal mine.

Senghenydd Colliery Disaster

On record as the worst mining disaster in Wales and the United Kingdom, the Senghenydd Colliery disaster took place on October 14, 1913, killing 440; including one rescuer. The disaster happened because of methane that had built up inside the mine, which helped to kill many after an explosion, while fewer died because of gases in the mine released by combustion. Only 4 days after were the remaining workers rescued, which decreased fears that the gases let off in the air, would kill anybody in proximity of the mine. One regulation of all colleries that had been introduced was not followed at the time that this happened, prompting people to think this was avoidable. More and more coal was being traded at the time that this happened and usage of coal had gone up tremendously, particularly in Wales where other disasters had happened, earlier on and in differents parts. Tributes have and are still being made to the people who lost their lives. There has since only been once accident in northern wales, where an approximate number of 236 people had died.

Bois du Cazier Disaster

The Bois du Cazier mine had undergone a disaster on August 8, 1956, which resulted in the 263 of 274 workers that day, losing their lives. The guaranteed cause of the fire that killed workers that were in the mine, was a cable that broke on a hoist that had been loaded with coal. In Marcinelle, Belgium where this had happened, the mine reopened and new regulations were sought so that this problem wouldn't happen again.

Coalbrook Mining Disaster

In the Clydesdale Colliery in Coalbrook, South Africa, more than 1000 miners were trapped inside of a mine; resulting in approximately 437 deaths. At the time that this occured, there were not as many regulations that were being followed as there should have been, and mining was continually having to be done. Mining was something that had to be kept up with and this was because of the newly built Taaibos power station that made it's way to Kragbron, which was also where the Highveld power station could be found. Having happened on January 21, 1960, this mine accident was and still is the worst that South Africa has ever had.


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