§ 31. Colonel Ropner
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will state the number of accidents, fatal and nonfatal to persons employed below ground 1409 during 1947 and the causes of the accidents and the separate figures for West and South Yorkshire, respectively.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
As the answer contains a statistical table, I will, with the hon. and gallant Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
|NUMBER OF PERSONS KILLED AND INJURED UNDERGROUND IN MINES.* 1947 (Provisional).|
|Cause of Accident.||South Yorkshire.||West Yorkshire.||Great Britain.|
|Killed.||Seriously injured.†||Injured and disabled for more than 3 days.||Killed.||Seriously injured. †||Injured and disabled for more than 3 days.||Killed.||Seriously injured. †||Injured and disabled for more than 3 days.|
|Explosions of firedamp or coal dust.||9||20||Not available||12||1||Not available.||168||79||Not available.|
|Falls of ground||28||134||12||70||233||961|
|Explosions of firedamp or coal dust.||—||1||1||—||—||—||24||46||43|
|Falls of ground||26||136||7,634||25||61||3,363||277||1,016||52,368|
|* The figures relate to all mines as defined in the Coal Mines Act, 1911.|
|† By serious injuries is meant injuries which, because of their severity or the nature of the accident, are required (under the terms of Section So of the Coal Mines Act, 1911) to be reported to His Majesty's Divisional Inspectors of Mines at the time of their occurrence. In practically every case, these accidents involve a period of disablement of more than three clays and such accidents are included in the figures of persons "injured and disabled for more than three days."|