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DANGERS
Working in the mines was always dangerous.

The danger increased as the mine became deeper. The risk of the roof collapsing, the pit flooding, problems with bad air and the possibility of exploding gas were dangers that were always with the miners each time they went down the pit.

There are two sources to study in this section.

Source 2A
Report on the Employment of Children.
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Source 2A is part of the First Report of the Commissioners on the Employment of Children. It dates from 1842.

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Questions
  1. Read section 614. Complete the table.
Source 2B
Report of a Fatal Accident Inquiry.
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Source 2B is the report of a Fatal Accident Inquiry. These inquiries are public and information is presented to a judge, known as a sheriff, and a jury. This source dates from an inquiry held on 17th of January 1896. The Inquiry is about the death of John Findlay.

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Questions
  1. On what date did John Findlay die?

  2. At what time did John Findlay die?

  3. What caused the death of John Findlay?

  4. How reliable is Source B2 as evidence of dangers for miners in the late nineteenth century?
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