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  • Drawers shall carefully convey the loaded hutches to the pitbottom, and shall not thence push forward the same, till they shall have ascertained that the cage is rested for the reception thereof; then drawers shall, with proper caution, place their loaded hutches on the cage and secure them there, under the supervision and orders of the bottomer, preparatory to being sent up the pit. -- from the General and Special Rules governing mine safety in an 1856 report by William Alexander, Inspector of Coal Mines for the Western District of Scotland.

    September 13, 2011