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January 15, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(3):186-187. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680290048024

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Accidents in Mines  For the first time, the Prussian ministry of commerce has published detailed statistics of accidents in Prussian mines, the pamphlet covering accidents occurring in 1925. The report reveals that, in spite of all safety measures, the number of accidents is still high. In the coal mines of Prussia (exclusive of the lignite fields) about 15 per cent of all miners, or 82,213, suffered some accidents in 1925 while under ground. The number is increased by accidents happening above ground to a total of 97,749; 1,320 of the accidents ended fatally. In the lignite fields, in which danger is less than in the black-coal fields, the number of accidents was relatively lower. The total in 1925 was approximately 10,000, only 126 of which resulted fatally. The number of accidents in the ore mines was 3,407, with seventy-five deaths. Including the salt mines and the petroleum wells, the total

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