1902

1902

February 14th 1902 – Brown

A miner named Brown, employed at Denaby Main pit, was admitted to Mexborough Montagu Hospital, suffering from a dislocated thigh, caused by a fall of coal, whilst he was following his employment.

February 23rd 1902 – Harrison

On Monday February 23rd 1902, a workman named Harrison, who lives in Rossington Street, Denaby Main, was admitted to the Montagu Hospital suffering from a severe wound to the head. It appears that Harrison is employed by the Lhurigg Washer Company, who are at present making some alterations to the coal-washer at Cadeby Main Colliery, and the accident was caused by Harrison slipping and falling heavily on his head, He is progressing favourably.

March 7th 1902, Charles Blakemore

At Denaby Main Colliery on March 7th 1902, Charles Blakemore, a miner, had a narrow escape from being killed, a quantity of roof fell and completely buried him without warning. Help was speedily at hand, but so large was the quantity of fallen debris that Blakemore was expected to be dead when got out. The gang of rescuers worked hard for about three quarters of an hour, and eventually found him huddled up and severely injured, beneath stones of huge dimensions, which, as they fell formed a kind of arch over the man, and thus saved him from what surely would have been instant death. When at length he was extricated, he found to be badly cut and bruised from head to foot, and he was conveyed to the Mexborough Montagu Cottage Hospital with all speed, where he now lies in a critical state.

April 17th 1902 W. Godfrey

Age: 29 Labourer Crushed by boiler when preparing to remove it. .

Terrible Accident At Denaby Main.

A terrible accident occurred at the Denaby Main Colliery on Thursday afternoon in last week, which resulted in the death, later in the day, of Walter Godfrey, formerly a police-constable stationed at Mexborough. He was thirty years of age, and for some months past had been employed as a labourer by the Denaby & Cadeby Colliery Co. Ltd.

An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon at the Montagu Cottage Hospital, where the injured man had died a few hours after admission, by Mr. B. Bagshaw,( the deputy district coroner ), Mr. W.J. Pickering, His Majesty´s Inspector of Mines was present, as was also Mr. C. Bury, the manager of the Denaby mine, Mr. I.W. Chipp, from the offices of Messrs. J.W. and A.E. Hattersley, solicitors, watched the proceedings on behalf of the widow, who was too ill to attend.

The jury was composed of the following :-

Mr. G.H. Bayes (foreman), Messrs. O. Ayrton, S. Bennett, T. Venables, W. Melton, I Blunt, H. Ellard, G. Marshall, E. Wragg, J. Allsopp, J. Venables, A.Hayes, and J. Shaw.

John Newbert, of 116 Church Street, Mexborough, identified the body of the deceased as that of his cousin. He was thirty years of age, and at the time of his death was employed as a labourer at Denaby Main Colliery. He last saw him alive three weeks ago.

Albert Cusworth, of Conisbrough, an engine-fitter, said he was working with the deceased at the time of the accident. On Thursday afternoon they were engaged in removing a boiler, the witness being in charge of the operation. The dimensions of the boiler were 30 ft. by 7 ft. the floor of the engine bed would be about 9 ft. below the surface. The deceased was acting as a labourer. They elevated the back end of the boiler by means of two screw-jacks, and they then proceeded to lift the front end by the same method. They had only raised the front end about a foot, and deceased, by witness´s instruction, was getting some loose bricks from underneath the boiler when skidded uphill.

The Coroner : Skidded uphill ! What was the weight of the boiler ?

The Witness : The Weight would be from ten to fifteen tons.

The Coroner : It seems impossible for that weight to skid uphill. How do you account for it ?

The witness said the jacks were underneath the boiler so as to allow it to rest on the surface of the pit, and it skidded in an uphill direction. The deceased was crushed by the side of the boiler and one of the long timbers they were using.

The Coroner : Then this is the position ; you had raised the boiler to a certain extent, and the deceased was underneath getting some bricks. What was it that gave way ?

The Witness : The boiler skidded backwards.

The Coroner : Then was the whole of the deceased´s body pinned between the boiler and the timber ?

The Witness : No sir, his head was fast between the boiler and the timber.

In answer to a further question, the witness said the boiler skidded uphill and stayed there. They got the deceased out in five minutes ; he was not dead. He was sensible, and asked witness not to hurt him, and also requested him to ask the men not to swear. He was brought to the hospital. The deceased did not blame anybody in connection with the accident. It was the witness´s opinion no one was to blame.

The Coroner : Supposing anyone was to blame, who would it be ?

The Witness : That person would be myself.

The Coroner : Did you take any reasonable precautions to guard against this accident ? The Witness : Yes sir.

The Coroner : Have you ever raised boilers from beds before ?

The Witness : Yes sir.

The Coroner : More than one ? The Witness : Yes, several.

The Coroner : Have you ever had an accident before ?

The Witness : No sir, I thought it impossible for this one to skid.

The Coroner : You had all the appliances and material you wished for ?

The Witness : Every appliance necessary, sir. It is really such a mysterious thing that I can´t form an opinion on the subject.

The Foreman ( Mr. G.H. Bayes ) : Was it absolutely necessary to send the man underneath the boiler whilst in that position ? The Witness : Yes sir.

The Coroner : Why ? The Witness : Because these bricks prevented me getting my long timbers in.

The Coroner : If you had to do that work over again, would you take any additional precautions ?

The Witness : I should certainly take precautions to prevent the skidding of that end of the boiler, but any further precautions it would be impossible for me to take.

The Coroner : Were you engaged personally in the work ?

The Witness : No sir, I was supervising.

In answer to the Inspector the witness said he was also under the supervision of the colliery engineer, who had seen the work a quarter of an hour before the accident, and had given no further directions or ordered any alteration whatever. He had a large pitch-pine pack and a lot of cross-timbers at the top end.

The Matron of the Hospital said the deceased was admitted at 12 noon, and died about 1-55 p.m. When admitted he was conscious enough to know that he was in pain.

The jury expressed themselves as perfectly satisfied with the straightforward evidence of Cusworth, and returned a verdict of ” Accidental Death.”

May 2nd 1902 – W.Birkin

On Friday morning May 2nd 1902, a sad accident happened at Denaby Main Colliery, which might have been attended with fatal results.

A man named W. Birkin, was following his usual employment as a coal-hewer, when a quantity of what is known as `day-beds´, which he was getting down, fell on to him and partially buried him. Fortunately assistance was at hand, and with more roof threatening to fall every second, he was literally snatched from his perilous position by some workmen close at hand. The haste in which he was dragged out added to his injuries, but it was all for the best, as no sooner had he been extricated than a very heavy fall of roof occurred in exactly the same spot. Which most assuredly would have killed him. He was very badly injured, and he was conveyed home with all speed, where he is now doing well.

May 31st 1902 – Michael Tully and Isaac Perry

Two miners named Michael Tully and Isaac Perry, were last week injured by falls of roof at the Denaby Main Colliery.

The accident to Tully happening in the early hours of Friday morning May 31st 1902, and he was rather badly crushed and bruised, but the worst of his injuries were to his head, back and hands. He was conveyed to Mexborough Montagu Cottage Hospital.

In the case of Perry, who was also injured the same day, his injuries were less serious, although he was crushed and bruised, he was conveyed to his home, after first aid was rendered.

July 9th 1902 J.H. Damms

Age:21 Blacksmith´s Striker Fell off Staging C.M.

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