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COLORADO'S DEATH TOLL OF COAL MINE DISASTERS
REPORTS COMPILED THAT ARE SHOCKING THE PEOPLE AND EIGHTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL BE ASKED TO PASS LAW AND PROVIDE REMEDY
Denver, Nov 12 - Reports compiled here indicate that the average yearly death toll as a result of coal mine disasters in Colorado since 1906 has been 50. This average does not take into account the number of deaths resulting from accidents in which a few only have been killed. With these included it would bring the grand total up to at least 65 a year. Following is a list of the principal disasters during the period named above:
Mailand mine explosion, February 19, 1906, 16 killed
Quatro mine explosion, April 22, 1906, 19 killed
Primero mine explosion, June 23, 1907, 22 killed
Engleville mine explosion, May 5, 1907, 5 killed
Primero mine explosion and fire, January 31, 1910, 77 killed
Toler mine and gas explosion, April 1910, 6 killed
Starkville mine cave-in, October 8, 1910, 55 killed
Delagua mine explosion, November 8, 1910, 81 killed
Five of these disasters occurred in the mines of the Colorado Fuel & Iron company, two in the mines of the Victor Fuel company and one in the mines of an independent company.
Several disputed causes are charged with being at the bottom of these catastrophes, the mine owners claiming that they have been due to carelssness on the part of the miners, while the state labor bureau officials assert that the disassters have been the direct cause of negligence of operators in not properly safeguarding against accumlation of coal dust which has been ignited by miners' lamps and other causes.
As a result of these great losses of lives it is said that during the Eighteenth general assembly a law will be passed that will better regulate the conduct of coal mines in the state and thus prevent disasters. (Steamboat Pilot, Nov 16, 1910, transcribed by J.S.)