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Colorado Mining Fatalities (pre-1963)

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O'BRIEN, EDWARD Death Date: 1900JAN12
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County: LAK
Company name:
Mine name: MORNING STAR
Cause of death/comments: ORE FALLING FROM TOP OF SLOPE

O'BRIEN, JAMES Death Date: 1888DEC12
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County: HUE
Company name: COLORADO FUEL CO.
Mine name: ROUSE
Cause of death/comments: RUN OVER BY A PIT CAR

O'DONNELL, J. D Death Date: 1896APR12
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County: ELP
Company name:
Mine name: GOLD EXPLORATION
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF AIR PIPE

O'HARE, HUGH Death Date: 1929FEB24
Nationality:
Occupation: MUCKER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 38
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: EAG
Company name:
Mine name:
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

O'LLARA, JOHN Death Date: 1899DEC24
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County: CHA
Company name:
Mine name: MARY MURPHY
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

O'MALLEY, HUIGH Death Date: 1897FEB9
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County: GIL
Company name:
Mine name: PHOENIX
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION BY BOX CARS

O'NEIL, HUGH Death Date: 1901NOV20
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County: SAM
Company name:
Mine name: SMUGGLER UNION
Cause of death/comments: FIRE

O'NEIL, JOHN Death Date: 1905MAY5
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: PITBOSS
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 32
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: STARKVILLE
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROOF

O'NEIL, JOHN Death Date: 1917MAY25
Nationality:
Occupation: TIMBERMAN
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 39
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: LAK
Company name:
Mine name:
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ORE

O'NEIL, ROBERT Death Date: 1898APR30
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County: PIT
Company name:
Mine name: J. C. JOHNSON
Cause of death/comments: CAVE IN OF WASTE

O'NEIL, TIM Death Date: 1896AUG10
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County: LAK
Company name:
Mine name: DORIS
Cause of death/comments: BAD AIR

O'NEILL, JAMES Death Date: 1884JAN24
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County: GUN
Company name: COLORADO COAL AND IRON
Mine name: CRESTED BUTTE
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF GAS AND DUST

O'SULLIVAN, WILLIAM Death Date: 1895SEP19
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Occupation:
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Surving children:
County: CHA
Company name:
Mine name: MARY MURPHY
Cause of death/comments: STULL GAVE WAY

OAKS, ALBERT Death Date: 1921OCT29
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: LABORER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 49
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 1
County: ROU
Company name: COLORADO & UTAH COAL CO.
Mine name: HARRIS
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OATMAN, O L Death Date: 1936FEB27
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 3
Age at death: 28
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 2
County: JEF
Company name: JEFFERSON COAL CO.
Mine name: VIRGINIA
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF TOP COAL

OATS, WILLIAM Death Date: 1897JAN16
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County: GIL
Company name:
Mine name: ALPSE
Cause of death/comments: FALLING ROCK FROM STULL

OBEROSLER, THOMAS Death Date: 1930MAR10
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 2
Age at death: 40
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 5
County: LAS
Company name: COLORADO FUEL & IRON CO.
Mine name: MORLEY
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF TOP COAL & ROCK

OBESTER, FRANK Death Date: 1913DEC16
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 22
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: GAR
Company name: CORYELL MINING LEASING
Mine name: VULCAN
Cause of death/comments: DUST EXPLOSION

OBESTER, GALE Death Date: 1913DEC16
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 27
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 1
County: GAR
Company name: CORYELL MINING LEASING
Mine name: VULCAN
Cause of death/comments: DUST EXPLOSION

OBLOCH, FRANK Death Date: 1915OCT27
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Occupation: FIRE BOSS
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 56
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 2
County: PIT
Company name: COLORADO FUEL & IRON
Mine name: SPRING GULCH
Cause of death/comments: FALLING DOWN A CHUTE

OBLOK, FRANK Death Date: 1902SEP20
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 36
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: PIT
Company name:
Mine name: SPRING GULCH
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OBRADOVICHII, MIKE Death Date: 1917APR27
Nationality: SERVIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 45
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 3
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: HASTINGS
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION

OBREZZL, JOHN Death Date: 1909JUL6
Nationality: SLAV
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 43
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: TOLLER
Cause of death/comments: GAS EXPLOSION

OBWEGER, JOHN Death Date: 1896APR7
Nationality:
Occupation: MINER
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Age at death:
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: LAP
Company name:
Mine name: PORTER
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ODDERZZI, JOSEPH Death Date: 1906JUL23
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 42
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: HUE
Company name:
Mine name: ROUSE
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROOF

ODEAN, O L Death Date: 1924NOV1
Nationality:
Occupation: LEASER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 30
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: TEL
Company name:
Mine name:
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ODOROZZI, SERAFINO Death Date: 1917APR27
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 35
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: HASTINGS
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION

OFFICER, RAMER Death Date: 1910NOV5
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 26
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: THOMPSON
Cause of death/comments: MISSED SHOT

OGAMI, K. Death Date: 1910NOV8
Nationality: JAPANESE
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 30
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name: VICTOR-AMERICAN FUEL
Mine name: DELAGUA
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF GAS/DUST-OPEN LIGHT

OHLIG, FRED Death Date: 1896NOV12
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County: SAJ
Company name:
Mine name: SILVER LAKE
Cause of death/comments: ELECTRIC SHOCK

OKIMOTO, KURUCHI Death Date: 1912MAY25
Nationality: JAPANESE
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 27
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: LUDLOW
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OLDS, ROBERT E Death Date: 1907SEP30
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: BLACKSMITH
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 59
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: HUE
Company name:
Mine name: HUERFANO
Cause of death/comments: STRUCK BY CAGE ON TOP OF SHAFT

OLEVETTA, S Death Date: 1896JUL18
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County: OUR
Company name:
Mine name: REVENUE TUNNEL
Cause of death/comments: TOOK HOLD OF LIVE ELECTRIC WIRE

OLGUIN, ALBERT Death Date: 1937MAR16
Nationality: SPANISH-AMER
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 6
Age at death: 22
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 0
County: LAS
Company name: HERFANO COAL CO.
Mine name: LUDLOW NO. 2
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OLGUIN, JOSEPH Death Date: 1927FEB26
Nationality: MECXICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 15
Age at death: 49
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 4
County: LAS
Company name: PRAIRIE CANON COAL CO.
Mine name: PRAIRIE CANON
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OLIGUIN, JOSE Death Date: 1918JAN4
Nationality: MEXICAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 23
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name: COLORADO COAL MINES
Mine name: MALLOT
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OLIVER, HARRY P Death Date: 1942JAN27
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County: ROU
Company name: VICTOR-AMERICAN FUEL
Mine name: WADGE
Cause of death/comments: GAS EXPLOSION

OLIVER, R. A Death Date: 1911DEC15
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 44
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 4
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: RAPSON
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OLSEN, OLE Death Date: 1898MAR28
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County: SAM
Company name:
Mine name: NORTH CHICAGO
Cause of death/comments: ROOF OF CHAMBER CAVED IN

OLSON, CARL Death Date: 1919NOV21
Nationality:
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 37
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County:
Company name:
Mine name: KOKOMO
Cause of death/comments: SUFFOCATED BY POWDER GAS

OLSON, CHARLES Death Date: 1918FEB2
Nationality:
Occupation: STOPING MACHINE
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 50
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: TEL
Company name:
Mine name:
Cause of death/comments: SPRAGGS GAVE WAY AND HE FELL

OLSON, ERICK R Death Date: 1927JUL30
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: CONTRACTOR
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 25
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: DOU
Company name:
Mine name:
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OLSON, NELS Death Date: 1897AUG19
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County: SAJ
Company name:
Mine name: SILVER LAKE
Cause of death/comments: DRILLED INTO MISSED HOLE

OMELENCHUK, ALEX Death Date: 1925JAN30
Nationality: RUSSIAN
Occupation: COMPANY MAN
Yrs Mine Exp: 9
Age at death: 32
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: HUE
Company name: COLORADO FUEL & IRON CO.
Mine name: ROBINSON NO. 2
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ONERIS, FRANK Death Date: 1910JAN31
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 29
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name: COLORADO FUEL & IRON
Mine name: PRIMERO
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF GAS/DUST

OPIE, JOHN Death Date: 1896DEC2
Nationality:
Occupation:
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County: ELP
Company name:
Mine name: PUZZLER
Cause of death/comments: SLIDING GROUND

OPIEKA, JOHN Death Date: 1904OCT28
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 24
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: TERCIO NO. 3
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION

OPRANDI, CALISTO Death Date: 1908JUL6
Nationality: ITALIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 41
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: PIT
Company name:
Mine name: SPRINGS GULCH
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ORAZNER, FRANK Death Date: 1912MAR6
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Occupation: TRAM-CAR LOADER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 45
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 3
County: GUN
Company name:
Mine name: BULKLEY
Cause of death/comments: SNOWSIDE FALLING ON HIM WHILE PLACING CAR

ORD, WILLIAM Death Date: 1905JAN9
Nationality: SCOTCH
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 30
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: LAP
Company name:
Mine name: CITY
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROOF

ORLANDO, FRANK Death Date: 1908MAY1
Nationality: ITALIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 28
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name:
Mine name: BERWIND
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ORLICH, BUDE Death Date: 1912JUN18
Nationality: SLAV
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 40
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 1
County: LAS
Company name: VICTOR-AMERICAN FUEL CO.
Mine name: HASTINGS
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF GAS DUE TO DEFECTIVE LAMP

ORNELUS, J. Death Date: 1914AUG28
Nationality: MEXICAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 27
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name: WOOTTON LAND & FUEL
Mine name: TURNER
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ORR, CHARLES H Death Date: 1899DEC21
Nationality:
Occupation:
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Age at death:
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: TEL
Company name:
Mine name: SEUTIN
Cause of death/comments: POWDER EXPLODED WHILE THAWING

ORTEGA, JOE Death Date: 1922MAY8
Nationality: MEXICAN
Occupation: MULE DRIVER
Yrs Mine Exp: 2
Age at death: 23
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: WEL
Company name: BOULDER VALLEY COAL CO.
Mine name: BOULDER VALLEY
Cause of death/comments: KILLED BETWEEN A LOADED CAR & ROOF

ORTEGAS, RECARDO Death Date: 1919FEB5
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 18
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name: BLACK DIAMOND NIGGERHEADCOAL
Mine name: THREE PINES
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ORTEGO, M. Death Date: 1894JUL23
Nationality:
Occupation:
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death:
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name: COLORADO FUEL & IRON
Mine name: ROUSE
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

ORTEZ, JAKE Death Date: 1920OCT28
Nationality: SPANIARD
Occupation: TRIP RIDER
Yrs Mine Exp: 5
Age at death: 30
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 1
County: HUE
Company name: SUNNYSIDE COAL CO.
Mine name: SUNNSIDE
Cause of death/comments: CRUSHED BETWEEN MINE CAR & PILLAR

ORTEZ, VALENTINE Death Date: 1929DEC6
Nationality: MEXICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 15
Age at death: 49
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 5
County: LAS
Company name: EMPIRE COAL MINING CO.
Mine name: EMPIRE
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF COAL

OSBORNE, H. A Death Date: 1902APR23
Nationality:
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death:
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 4
County: BOU
Company name:
Mine name: MITCHELL
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROOF

OSPENKO, MIKE Death Date: 1921JUN6
Nationality: RUSSIAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 8
Age at death: 21
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: ROU
Company name: MOFFAT COAL CO.
Mine name: OAK HILLS NO. 2
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OSTI, JOSEPH Death Date: 1888MAY29
Nationality:
Occupation:
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death:
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: LAS
Company name: COLORADO COAL & IRON CO.
Mine name: MORO
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF SLATE

OTAVA, GEORGE Death Date: 1937JUL22
Nationality: RUMANIAN
Occupation: TRACK LAYER
Yrs Mine Exp: 41
Age at death: 55
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 4
County: WEL
Company name: CLAYTON COAL CO.
Mine name: CLAYTON
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK

OTTEN, ERNEST Death Date: 1926JAN23
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 10
Age at death: 39
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 2
County: GAR
Company name: COLORADO FUEL & IRON CO.
Mine name: HARVEY GAP
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF GAS

OTTEN, JOHN Death Date: 1913DEC16
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 45
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: GAR
Company name: CORYELL MINING LEASING
Mine name: VULCAN
Cause of death/comments: DUST EXPLOSION

OTTENO, JOE Death Date: 1896FEB18
Nationality: ITALIAN
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 40
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 5
County: GAR
Company name:
Mine name: VULCAN
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION

OURAY, A C Death Date: 1920MAR9
Nationality:
Occupation: LABORER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death:
Marital Status:
Surving children:
County: OUR
Company name:
Mine name:
Cause of death/comments: CAUGHT IN SLIDE OF SNOW & SUFFOCATED

OWENS, DAVID Death Date: 1898OCT10
Nationality: WELSH
Occupation: MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 40
Marital Status: M
Surving children:
County: HUE
Company name:
Mine name: PICTOU
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF ROCK; FAMILY IN WALES

OWENS, FRANK A Death Date: 1926NOV14
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: STABLE BOSS
Yrs Mine Exp: 9
Age at death: 30
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 3
County: GUN
Company name: ROCKY MOUNTAIN FUEL CO.
Mine name: ALPINE
Cause of death/comments: FALLING DOWN SHAFT

OWENS, WALTER M Death Date: 1927MAR7
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp: 12
Age at death: 39
Marital Status: M
Surving children: 3
County: HUE
Company name: COLORADO FUEL & IRON CO.
Mine name: ROBINSON NO. 2
Cause of death/comments: FALL OF DRAWSLATE

OWENS, WILLIAM Death Date: 1925AUG22
Nationality: WELSH
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 51
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: GUN
Company name: RAPID CREEK MINING & POWER
Mine name: GENTER
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF GAS

OXFORD, ALFRED Death Date: 1919AUG18
Nationality: AMERICAN
Occupation: PICK MINER
Yrs Mine Exp:
Age at death: 17
Marital Status: S
Surving children:
County: HUE
Company name: OAKDALE COAL CO.
Mine name: OAKDALE
Cause of death/comments: EXPLOSION OF GAS DUE TO DEFECTIVE LAMP

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