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Full ReportAccident 7. -November 14. -Nicholas J. Andrews - a miner working in the 16th level - south of No. 2 shaft; Tamarack mine - lost his life by a large piece of vein rock falling on him. He was engaged in cutting a hitch to put in timber to secure the hanging wall rock when the vein rock fell which caused Andrews death. Charles Waisanen and Mattie Kempanen miners who were working in the stope when the accident occurred testified at the inquest held before Coroner Macdonald as follows: We were ordered by the Mining Captain yesterday that is the day before the accident to drill two holes in the stope and blast them before going to surface but we did not do so. The reason we did not blast as ordered we thought - it would be to our advantage to drill another hole before blasting. - Capt. Thomas Maslin testified. I am uderground Mining Captain of the Tamarack Mine. I gave the miners Charles Waisanen and Mattis Kempanen express orders yesterday to drill two holes in the dangerous piece of ground and blast them. I did not consider the ground safe for men to work under. These men for reasons of their own did not do as they were told. Had they obeyed my orders the accident would not have happened. - After hearing the evidence the jury brought in the following verdict: We find that Nicholas J. Andrews came to his death by a rock falling on him through the neglect of Charles Waisanen and Mattis Kempanen in not carrying out the orders given them by the mining captain.
Accident No.7-1894
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IDr1894-7

Source Information

Source NameInspectorLibrary Call No.ID
Report of the Mine Inspector of Houghton County Michigan for the Year Ending September 30 1891Josiah Hall Mine InspectorMichigan TN 272 .H68z 1890/91s1
Report of the Mine Inspector of Houghton County Michigan for the Year Ending September 30 1892Josiah Hall Mine InspectorMichigan TN 272.H68z 1892s2
Mine Inspectors Report for Houghton County, Mich. For the Year Ending September 30th 1893Josiah Hall Mine InspectorMichigan TN 272.H68z 1893s3
Mine Inspectors Report for Houghton County, Mich. For the Year Ending September 30th 1894Josiah Hall Mine InspectorMichigan TN 272.H68z 1894s4
Mine Inspectors Report for Houghton County, Mich. For the Year Ending September 30th 1895Josiah Hall Mine InspectorMichigan TN 272.H68z 1895s5
Mine Inspectors Report for Houghton County, Mich. For the Year Ending September 30th 1890not namedMichigan TN 272 .H68z 1889s6
Mine Inspectors Report for Houghton County, Mich. For the Year Ending September 30th 1897not namedMichigan TN272 .H68z 1897s7
Mine Inspectors Report for Houghton County, Mich. For the Year Ending September 30th 1900not namedMichigan TN272 .H68z 1900s8

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