Machinery at the Coal Face
A discussion between a mine manager and a collier
Unforeseen difficulties prevented the inclusion of this talk among the earlier talks dealing with recent mechanical developments in important Northern industries. Tonight two men engaged in the day-to-day work of a Lancashire mine that has been completely mechanised during the last ten years will speak of the changes that have taken place.
No longer is it primarily a matter of hard physical and manual labour, though the work demands clear wits and good physique still. Coal is now largely won by machinery. Improved cutting led, of necessity, to improved conveying from the coal face, to greater output, and better working conditions.
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