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Blaenavon Pit Explosion

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Blaenavon Pit Explosion The adjourned inquest on the three men Nathaniel Brankley, 34, timberman; John Jones, 21, collier; and George James Wil- liams, 54, haulier, who were killed in the recent explosion in the Big Pit, Blaenavon, owned by the Blaenavon Iron and Coal Com- pany (Limited), was held at ther Blaenavon Polioe-station by M.r. J. B. Walford, ooroner, on Thursday. Mr. caradoc Davies. the manager of the colliery, was further examined by Mr. Mar- tin, his Majesty's inspector, who inquired it the heading was sufficiently ventilated immediately before the acoident. Witness said that he had had men burned by fire- damp from time to time, but probably they would have been burned had they used safety lamps. If the deceased men had had the most approved safety lamps the accident would have been just as likely to occur if they persisted in going into the gas at the face. Mr. Co-ulmon said that he had recently had the colliery minutely examined by Mr. Hann, whose name was probably well known to the ooroner, and if he wished it he woudd be happy to bring Mr. Hann in order to give the evidence desired. After some deliberation it waa decided that the inquest could not be adjourned again, and the Coroner summed up. He alluded to the Llaneroh explosion nineteen years ago, amd said that upon that occasion the jury expressed the opinion that looked lamps should be comp-alsory in all mines where there was the probability of danger from gas. It had been suggested that the men showed reckless- ness by going into the heading, but he did not think they did, because they anticipated no danger from gas. He put the three following questions to the jury:- First: What was the cause of the death of the three men ? Second: Did the men Brankley and Jones contribute to their own death, and that of their comrade, by any culpable condoet? Third: Prior to the explosion, had the owners and manager considered the colliery safe for working with xuaked lights, and had they reasonable ground for such belief? The jury were absent for twenty minutes, and on their return to court the Ooroner read the following answers to the questions: â First: The two men Brankley and Jones were killed instantaneously in the hard heading, and the man Williams was killed in tne stage by an explosion of inflammable gas, such gas having been ignited by the naked lighte carried by Brankley and Jones. Second: The two men Brankley and Jones contributed to the three de"he by their own serious misconduct in passing the ba?T?er. Third: We think the management, notwith- standing the warning given, did, prior to this explosion, believe that the colliery wag safe to work with naked lights. We think the management committed a grave error of judgment in not promptly bringing the question of safety lamps to the decision of an independent tribunal long ago. A juror expressed the opinion that the man- ager and under-manager deserved commenda- tion for their promptness in going into the hard heading to get the bodies out. The Coroner: Them you return a verdict of "Death by jni"vent-ILre"? The Foreman: Yes, silr. The Ooroner: There is always one satisfac- tory feature in these occurrences, the bravery of everyone concerned being acknowledged I after the happening of the event.

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