Re: Mine Cages and Hoists
- I searched through Google Books to read up on the topic a bit and ran across one description where the responsibility of the elevator operator was described, and it was impressive the attention he had to pay to his responsibilities and the multitude of ways he could kill or injure people if he messed up. Unfortunately I did not note that reference, so I cannot pass it on.
Another source listed insurance ratings, and whereas many occupations were given a 1000 or 1500 rating, mining risks were rate up around 5000.
For a picture of the cage as Dave described it but with the most modern of technological applications for safety, you might go to Google Books and look up "Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and ... - Page 294 " that chapter runs only about 5 pages, one of which is a drawing of the elevator.
It showed up on a search for "mine safety elevator" full view only.
Rather than pre-digest a lot for you, I invite you to research the old references yourself and post some commentary if you find something interesting. I suspect this interests just a few, and even fewer will read on their own, but I would be happy to hear from you. It does give us a window into the world and the standards our grandparents lived with.