dead work

1) Work in a coal-mine that was non-productive, either because it was in preparation for future extraction or made necessary by some accident.

In 1633, for example, all the charges of tools … driving of the waterhead and other dead work that may come by falling in of the earth was to be equally borne betwixt the said parties, that is John Farrar the lessor and Abraham Shaw the lessee, Northowram.

places Northowram
dates 1633

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