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Miners Lives

The coal miners life was a hard one. They worked long hours for low wages. The potential dangers were always there for them and their families. This created close comradeship and tight knit mining communities.

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Working condition Working conditions: Working conditions in the coal mining industry has its inherent dangers.
Miners housing Miners housing: In many areas Coal Companies provided houses for their workforce.
Pit boys Pit boys: Children sometimes started working at an early age of five or six in the mine.
Miners leisure Miners leisure: Long hours spent underground made the miner especially keen on spending his leisure time in the open air.
Education and training Education and training: At the beginning of the 20th century education and training became more important than before because of the advance in the tools and machinery.