The last Beamish outreach session was all about safety in mines, here is what I have learned from the workshop:
- The mine owners cared more about money than the safety of their workers.
- Carbon monoxide and methane are two dangerous gases that can be found in mines.
- There was a competition started to get someone to invent a safe source of light for mine work.
- The Felling pit mine explosion (1812) killed 92 people.
I was surprised at the lengths that people would go to to make mines safer places. Such as the penance man who would crawl into the mine in wet clothes and hold up a candle to explode the methane before work started in the mine.
Emily, Youth Committee