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Posted: 31/03/2013 23:29:46
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stuey wrote:

One of the chaps at Combe Martin Silver/Lead mine in north devon had a shaft related accident and expired.


Yes... it was the landowner. The trap-doors failed to close after the kibble came up, and he stepped back...
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Posted: 01/04/2013 08:03:31
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I can only second lozz' post, particularly in the light of having a direct professional connection with the whole issue of long-term stability of old workings.

Those big Welsh caverns are scary places. If I understand the matter, there is only one entry to one of the main setts? I wouldn't go in there for all the tea in China, if so....



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''the stopes soared beyond the range of our caplamps' - David Bick...... How times change .... oh, I don't know, I've still got a lamp like that.
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Posted: 01/04/2013 09:34:47
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Tin Miner wrote:

stuey wrote:

One of the chaps at Combe Martin Silver/Lead mine in north devon had a shaft related accident and expired.


Yes... it was the landowner. The trap-doors failed to close after the kibble came up, and he stepped back...


I recall it now,

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Posted: 01/04/2013 18:21:18
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lozz wrote:

Tin Miner wrote:

stuey wrote:

One of the chaps at Combe Martin Silver/Lead mine in north devon had a shaft related accident and expired.


Yes... it was the landowner. The trap-doors failed to close after the kibble came up, and he stepped back...


I recall it now,

Lozz.


There's something on the web, according to the Mines Inspectorate the person concerned had been working on the site for 10 years, mucking out the shaft with a kibble powered by a diesel winch, leaning out to grab the kibble in order to land it, no safety trap doors or toe boards, no safety harness.

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