Mining Statistics

An oil lamp used in the Heilwood coal mines

An oil lamp used in the Heilwood coal mines

Wolf safety lamp used in the Bethlehem Mine #11, circa 1929.

Wolf safety lamp used in the Bethlehem Mine #11, circa 1929.

Photo of an actual 'draw bar' found near the Penn Mary #1 Mine in Heilwood. It was used to connect the cars together or could also be used to connect the cars to the electric motor.

Photo of an actual ‘draw bar’ found near the Penn Mary #1 Mine in Heilwood. It was used to connect the cars together or could also be used to connect the cars to the electric motor.

Anemometer used in the Heilwood mines, made by John Davis & Sons of Baltimore, Maryland

Anemometer used in the Heilwood mines, made by John Davis & Sons of Baltimore, Maryland

Carbide Storage Tins

Carbide Storage Tins

Eveready Permissible Flashlight

Eveready Permissible Flashlight

Certificate of Service from Industrial Colleries (1938)

Certificate of Service from Industrial Colleries (1938)

1947 accident report from the Redlands Coal Company.

1947 accident report from the Red Lands Coal Company.

The following statistics were taken from the Pennsylvania Department of Mines annual reports for the bituminous regions. The annual reports became less comprehensive following the 1918 report; for example, the number of mining machines and details about accidents and fatalities were not included.

HEILWOOD MINING STATISTICS: 1905-1960

YEAR
EMPLOYEES
TONS PRODUCED
ELECTRIC MINING MACHINES
FATAL ACCIDENTS
1905
494
112,734
0
4
1906
365
192,278
0
1
1907*
458
457,408
0
4
1908
634
603,147
5
1
1909
813
888,059
5
2
1910
707
799,987
9
4
1911
900
803,042
10
1
1912
868
705,453
10
1
1913
690
673,511
8
4
1914
712
574,319
11
2
1915
809
774,938
10
1
1916
637
578,337
36
4
1917
603
439,020
15
3
1918
628
580,229
43
3
1919
786
528,328
1
1920
785
645,817
2
1921
825
345,135
5
1922
804
758,470
2
1923
696
680,017
3
1924
798
528,971
4
1925
686
728,117
1
1926
699
693,343
2
1927
698
613,733
1
1928**
694
365,903
1
1929
361
352,659
1
1930
357
344,264
1
1931
346
272,420
0
1932
328
194,857
2
1933
344
176,424
1934***
1935
210
141,419
0
1936
324
317,935
1
1937
532
327,562
0
1938
510
262,754
0
1939
539
259,184
0
1940
341
192,932
0
1941
458
533,990
1
1942
515
752,823
2
1943
497
668,673
0
1944
482
735,124
1
1945
252
690,153
0
1946
1947
398
395,322
0
14
(Strip Mine #10)
54,958
1948
394
360,183
0
1953***
190
179,059
1954
167
208,129
1955
212
239,683
1956
1957
111
98,435
(Pine #1)
1
120
132,074 (Dip)
1
1958
1959
40
98,357
(Pine #1)
75
19,441
(Pine #3)
21
19,021
(Blue Ridge)
1960
13
1,779
(Pine #2 Dip)
47
41,321
(Barr #1)
(*) 1907 was the year of the highest number of fatal accidents in Pennsylvania bituminous coal mines (807).(**) All mines in the immediate Heilwood area(#1 through #8) were closed by 1928. The only operational mines were #9 (Glenside/Brownstown) and #11 (Mentcle).(**) All mines in the immediate area of Heilwood (#’s 1-8) were closed.  The only operational mines were: #9 Glenside / Brownstown; #11 Mentcle.
(***) Statistics for several years could not be located.

FATAL ACCIDENTS BY TYPE: 1905-1918

TYPE
NO. of FATALITIES (*)
% of TOTAL FATALITIES
Roof/Coal Falls
21
60%
Haulege
9
26%
Outside
2
14% (**)
Machinery
2
Dynamite
1
(*) 86% of the fatal accidents in the Heilwood mines involved foreigners .(**) A combined total percentage of the three other types of fatal accidents.