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Orient Mine Hoisting Disaster

Orient, Illinois
September 17, 1917
No. Killed 5



Five men were killed in the Orient Mine.

An incompletely caged loaded car at the main shaft had caused a wreck, and men were being hoisted on the escapement shaft cage.  This was a single cage with counterbalance in guides that operated like a separate cage.

This counterbalance came out of its guidelines and collided with the cage at the halfway location in the shaft, causing the cage to fall to the shaft bottom, a distance of about 250 feet.



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