Today in Labor History

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September 6, 1869


A massive fire in the only shaft of the Avondale Colliery in Plymouth Township, Pennsylvania, kills 110 anthracite mine workers, making it one of the largest mining disasters in Pennsylvania history. After the disaster, the state’s General Assembly enacted legislation establishing safety regulations for the industry, making Pennsylvania the first state to enact such legislation. The law also mandated that there must be at least two entrances to underground mines.

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2 thoughts on “September 6, 1869

  1. Pingback: September 6, 1869 - NH Labor News

  2. I included a link to your 29 April 1943 post in my guest post for Greatest Generation Lessons, to be published this Tuesday – I hope you receive some visitors because of it.

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