Charcoal making could be a dangerous occupation. A young collier, the son of a French Canadian immigrant who worked for the Barnes, Richardson Charcoal Company, was fatally burned when the mound he was tending collapsed under him.
Another collier, working in Lime Rock, was bitten by a rattlesnake in 1905. The collier was an Italian immigrant, unfamiliar with the danger posed by rattlesnakes. He was treated in West Cornwall by Dr. J. W. Ives, who was able to save him.