Source analysis- coal mining . Describe their job Why is it difficult and dangerous? . Hewer.
Describe their job
Why is it difficult and dangerous?
Hewer - Reserved for the strongest men who had served their 'apprenticeship' as putters. These men worked at the coal face bringing down and removing the coal. A thin pick was used to undercut the coal then an explosive charge was detonated to bring down the coal which was then dug away to where the putters could remove it.
Putter - These strong young men loaded the coal brought down by the hewers into the tubs which were then pushed to the landings where they could be loaded onto the trolleys to be hauled away to the shift or entrance of the drift.
Trapper - This was another job reserved for young boys new to the mine. Their job as to open the ventilation doors in the tunnels to allow the passage of men and ponies. It was a lonely job in the dark and damp of the mine.
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