Early Mine Safety

This past weekend I was able to get away to Victoria BC for the weekend. While there my wife and I spent an afternoon at the Royal BC Museum. In the historical section of the museum they have a display of early mining procedures and practices. In this section, of special interest to me, as a safety professional, was the mine safety artifacts there. Thought I’d share a couple with you.


These are safety lamps designed to provide light without the risk of explosion. You can read the history of this type of lighting here.

Here’s a photo of the rescue squad for number 7 mine.


Finally, here’s a photo of one of the first CO detectors made by MSA


If you get a chance to visit the Royal BC Museum, it’s definitely worth taking the time.