After he recovered he studied to be a mine engineer which saw him do a variety of jobs from working the coal cutting machinery, to shotfirer
who assembles, positions and detonates explosives to break or dislodge rock and soil or to demolish structures; and finally overman, a type of foreman.
Tips: To be a shotfirer
or explosives supervisor you need to gain practical experience then pass a written exam backed by an NVQ.
He again told the jury how shotfirer
Phillip Hill, one of the men who died, had disobeyed his instructions to reduce multi explosions to single blasts as they neared the breakthrough point.
Hugh James solicitors will run a series of meetings in collaboration with Bleddyn Hancock, previously General Secretary of National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
in the coming weeks to help potential claimants.
John Moffat of the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
union, said: "We realise our mining days are over but we want what we are owed and it does not look as if we are going to get it.
Material for the archive comes from the Durham Miners' Association (NUM North-East), the Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers and the National Association of Colliery Overmen Deputies and Shotfirers
But unions, such as the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
(NACODS), said they feared the benefit could be scrapped altogether.
I belonged to the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
-or NACODS for short -and we didn't support the action of the NUM.
Belddyn Hancock from the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
, estimates that there are up to 2,000 families waiting for compensation.
Using Dyno Nobel's blowloading kettles to load bulk explosives combined with StemTite's Dixon Valve system that retains bulk explosives in upholes creates a simple system with minimal training needs for underground shotfirers
The 197 independent unions included ten NUM and National Association of Colliery Overman Deputies and Shotfirers
(NACODS) organizations at area level, both of which are federal unions, although there were also another 14 local NUM and three NACODS bodies which did not have certificates of independence.
Newcastle Crown Court was told Dodds embezzled pre-signed blank cheques from the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
, slipping them into her own accounts or making them out for cash.