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Events
The History of the Davy Lamp, 18 February 2016 18:00
Lectures
The Joint MinSouth / BTS Lecture

Venue: The Institute of Civil Engineers

1 GREAT GEORGE STREET, WESTMINSTER, LONDON SW1P 3AA

With the 200th anniversary of the invention of the Davy Lamp, the presentation will look at the history of the development of the lamp.

A race existed between several eminent scientists in the early 1800s to solve the problem of colliery explosions. We will look at how it works and how the problems were overcome by Humphrey Davy, and how to this day his ideas still protect our workers in mines and tunnels.

BRIAN ROBINSON

Born into coal mining stock, I began work in coal mining in 1977 as part of the apprenticeship scheme within the South Wales coalfield.

Joining the part time rescue teams as soon as possible, I also then became a rescue team captain. In 1985 I joined a full time mines rescue station, gaining the HSE regulated Mines Rescue Officers certificate, a 5 day series of oral, written and practical examinations.

During this time all manner of incidents were dealt with from fires, explosions, gas inundations etc. As the industry became "Thatcherised", the Channel Tunnel beckoned in 1990 as part of the full time Tunnel Rescue organisation there, and again, this was extremely good experience, a busy time indeed.

Since becoming self employed as a consultant in late 92, my work involves a mix of training in emergency procedures and rescue work, setting up procedures and schemes, and actual rescue operations for a wide range of mines within the UK & Ireland. I regularly assist HM Inspectorate of Mines on varying projects, large scale exercises and legislative documents, but also again during incident. In times of International incident, such as the Chile mine collapse, the New Zealand Pike River explosion etc, I'm either asked to, or offer services and support in the aim to rectify situations.

Refreshments will be available at 5.30pm

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