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GresfordThe Anatomy of a Disaster$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238928

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313240

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The Miners

The Miners

(p.155) Chapter 13 The Miners
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This chapter considers North Wales miners' apparent lack of concern for their own safety. It suggests that there are certain characteristics of the coalfield which persisted over sufficiently long periods to give rise to a suspicion that miners may have played some part in shaping attitudes towards safety at Gresford in the early 1930s. The least relevant perhaps, but certainly one of the more extraordinary, was the hostility which persisted throughout most of the nineteenth century to the use of the safety lamp with, as its corollary, indifference to the danger presented by naked lights.

Keywords:   coal miners, North Wales, job safety, Gresford, coalfield

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