HC Deb 01 July 1924 vol 175 cc1152-3W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been drawn to the accident that occurred at the Tydraw colliery, Blaenrhondda, Glamorgan, on 17th June, 1924, when one man was killed and seven injured due to the breaking of a shackle connecting a journey of trams whilst in transit on an incline in the underground workings of the said colliery; and will he undertake to introduce legislation this Session for the compulsory use of the Thomas safety-drop device, or of similar safety devices that have passed the tests for reliability and practicability in operation?


I am aware of the circumstances of this accident and I am considering the question of strengthening the existing statutory precautions against tubs running away. The matter is not simple and I am advised by the Mechanical Appliances Committee of the Safety in Mines Research Board that none of the appliances for this purpose which they have, so far, considered is generally suitable and that some of them introduce other dangers. Mr. Thomas's invention has only recently been submitted and the Committee have yet to consider it.