John Bartlow Martin discusses the case during March 25, 1947, The Blast in Central No.5: A Mine Disaster No One Stopped. This case history is well known for a coal mine near the town of Centralia, Illinois for its lack of mine safety and health concerns , which resulted in an explosion when an under burdened shot or blown-out shot ignited coal dust which 111 out of 142 men were killed. After the event many pin point whom are to be blamed and find how could have the tragedy been prevented.
Driscoll O. Scanlan at the age of 16 a former miner already for thirteen years, was appointed as one of the 16 Illinois’ state mine inspectors by Governor Dwight H. Green for Scanlan’s district. Believing in the Governor Green’s promise to miners in enforcing mining laws, Scanlan’s worked on working over beyond more that all the other appointed inspectors. While inspectors chatted and took advantage of the position non-effectively, Scanlan kept to himself, reports were long and made numerous recommendations then other inspectors. Although he made many notions of his site being the worst of all mines in the district, also making recommendations of the cleaning and sprinkling of transport roads, the use of clay and stop the use of tamping of shots with coal dust, the mine to be shut down for maintenance and the list goes on and on. There were some alternatives that could have but not addressed such as: * Reasons why a method such as Rock Dusting wasn’t implemented as discussed in the case study. Rock dusting is the applying of pulverized stone to the walls and roofs of the passage ways, which would have killed the explosions by throwing a cloud of rock dust that is incombustible into the air with coal dust. Why weren’t any methods like that implemented if it was known for more than twenty-five years prior to the incident and it was known about the mine being