Safety

mines rescue team practicing a rescue

Geevor is a 20th Century mine and accidents did occur.

But the accident rate in mining is far less than the building industry and fishing! As with other industries the risks were assessed, and reduced where dangers became apparent. Mining was a tough industry, not inherently dangerous. If it was people would not go mining.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Chris Elson held by the Geevor Archive

 

 

Mines Rescue

Click to see a larger version of this imageGeevor mines rescue team dressed in orange overalls with blue breathing apparatus

Geevor had two rescue teams which were available at all times in case of emergency. 


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Underground Tours at Geevor

Click to see a larger version of this imageunderground tours at Geevor. view inside Wheal Mexico

Visit Wheal Mexico


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Tulls and Hard Hats

Click to see a larger version of this imagegroup of early cornish miners wearing tull hats and candles

Hard Hats to protect the skull and steel toe capped boots and wellies were the first pieces of clothing designed to protect against falling rock and moving machinery.


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Danger

Click to see a larger version of this imagerescue team practice copyright Chris Elson held by the Geevor Archive

Mining in the 20th century had been made safer than ever before, but working conditions were still unpleasant for the miners. It was dark, cramped, noisy, hot, dirty and often wet.


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