Livingston Station Rows
FATAL RESULTS OF THE DEANS WORK EXPOLSION
The gas explosion which occurred in No. 3 Shale Mine at Deans Oil Works, the property of the Pumpherston Oil Company, last week, and which three men, names David Kerr, Robert Kerr, and William Jack, were severely burned, has been attended with sadder results than was at first anticipated. The man, David Kerr, who resided at Burnvale Cottage, Blackburn Road, Bathgate, succumbed to his injuries at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Monday afternoon. This is the second death in connection with the occurrence, William Jack having died on Saturday. The third man's condition remains favourable.
Linlithgowshire Gazette, 6 January 1911
FATAL ACCIDENTS INQUIRY (SCOTLAND) ACT, 1895, AND THE FATAL ACCIDENTS AND SUDDEN DEATHS INQUIRY (SCOTLAND) ACT, 1906.
THE SHERIFF of the LOTHIANS and PEEBLES will hold PUBLIC INQUIRIES on TUESDAY, 26th September, 1911, at Eleven o'clock Forenoon, in the SHERIFF COURT-HOUSE, Linlithgow, in regard to the cause of deaths of... (5) WILLIAM JACK, Miner, Livingstone Station Rows; (6) DAVID KERR, Miner's Drawer, Burnvale Cottage, Blackburn Road, Bathgate...
Linlithgowshire Gazette, 22 September 1911
THE DEANS MINE EXPLOSION
Another inquiry was in regard to the deaths of Wm. Jack, miner, Livingston Station Rows, and David Kerr, miner's drawer, Burnvale Cottage, Blackburn, who lost their lives as a result of an explosion of gas in No. 3 Starlaw Shale Mine, Bathgate, on 28th December, 1910.
Robert Kerr, miner, in the course of his evidence, deponed (sic) that on the 28th December last, his father John Kerr, had a stooping place off No. 22 level in No. 3 Deans Mine, belonging to Pumpherston Oil Company. On that night witness and his brother, David, went out to work on the night shift about half past seven o'clock. Shortly after commencing work he had occasion to take a slice off the stoop between the working place proper and the "waste". Witness had started to bore the hole, and had looked through the whole to see how thick it was. As soon as he did this an explosion occurred. He was badly burned, as was his brother, David, and William Jack, who was working in another place some distance off. He did not remember when Jack died. He knew his brother had died, but he did not know until after he (witness) had recovered from his own injuries. he did not know what caused the explosion of gas.
David Roy, miner, Livingston Station Rows, said on 28th December last he was working in a branch off No. 24 level in No. 3 Deans Shale Mine. About 7.40 on that day he heard an explosion of gas. it did not occur in his place, but near his place where Jack and Kerr worked. On hearing the sound witness ran to where the explosion had occurred. he assisted to take Jack and Kerr to the surface. Jack was badly burned, and died on 31st December, 1910, and Kerr on 2nd January, 1911...
Linlithgowshire Gazette, 29 September 1911