Wednesday, December 06, 2006

December 6, 1907: Today In Workplace Safety History

December 6, 1907: Explosion at the Monongah Nos. 6 and 8 mine in Monongah, WV kills 362 miners.
Exhausted volunteers found conditions in the mines almost unbearable, heat was intense, and afterdamp caused headaches and nausea. In some headings, ventilation materials and bodies had to be hauled 3,000 feet over massive roof falls and wrecked machinery, mine cars, timbers, and electrical wiring. The stench of death was barely tolerable, and became overpowering as the search dragged on.
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