Accident – Fatal Roof Fall.

March 1930

Sheffield Independent – Tuesday 04 March 1930


Fatal Roof Fall.

The opinion that the use of steel arches would have prevented an accident which resulted in three men being buried at Cadeby Colliery, Denaby, was expressed at the resumed inquest at Conisborough, yesterday, Dennis Cook, aged 31, a miner, of Coinsborough.

Cook and two other men it was stated, were buried by the fall of many tons of coal and dust from a roof in the colliery. When extricated Cook was dead.

The two survivors, Harry Woodward of Denaby, who attended the inquest on crutches, and John Donoghue, of Denaby, gave evidence.

In reply to Mr. L. P. Collinson (Inspector of Mines), Samuel Smith, overman at the colliery, said they used steel arches in the pit. He thought the accident might have been prevented if steel arches had been used in the place where the fall occurred.

“Accidental death” was the verdict.