SURPRISING N.Z. FIGURES
WELLINGTON, this day.
The public would be surprised to know, but it ought to know said the Minister of Marine, Mr. O Brien, in the House of Representatives last night, that casualties among coal miners in New Zealand were more numerous than among New Zealand soldiers overseas. The accidents in 1943 increased from 60 to 75 per cent of the number of men employed. There were 5374 miners and 4083 accidents, while in the following year, when 5595 miners were employed, the accidents totalled 3846. There was a reason for this increase, added Mr. O'Brien. The experienced coal miner was able to dodge accidents, but, owing to the war, a lot of "new chums" had to be employed and accidents had increased.
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MINING ACCIDENTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945
MINING ACCIDENTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945
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