Day Log/1876-10-XX

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Five workers were killed or injured while constructing works on the line that was to become the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch of the LNWR using dynamite. [1]


It will be seen from the following extract from a late English paper that the iron tamping bar is as dangerous used in working with dynamite as with the common blasting powder : — A fatal explosion of a charge of dynamite has occurred on the railway works in progress between Festiniog and Bettws-y-coed. Five workmen had to blast a piece of rock. Not knowing the nature of the explosive, they used an iron stamper, instead of a brass one, to ram the charge, and an explosion followed. The stamper passed through the chest and out at the back of the furthest man, who died in a few hours. The other four were more or less seriously injured.

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  1. ^ "LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS". Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette (Qld. : 1868 - 1919). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 14 October 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 29 November 2015.