Mining in the 20th century had been made safer than ever before, but working conditions were still unpleasant for the miners. It was dark, cramped, noisy, hot, dirty and often wet.
Yet for many men, working anywhere else was unthinkable.
People sometimes see mining as a dangerous occupation - but modern Geevor had a good general safety record. In the 20th century, advances in engineering and mining technology, together with improved safety procedures and risk assessments, made working underground a safer occupation. There were, however, still accidents and deaths. Two rescue teams were available at all times in case of emergency.