Conanby Man Hurt In Pit Accident – First Mishap In 50 Years

November 1955

South Yorkshire Times Nov 19, 1955

First Mishap In 50 Years
Conanby Man Hurt In Pit Accident

Harnessing a pit pony at Denaby Main Colliery on Tuesday, 64-years-old Mr. George Dungworth was kicked by the pony, fell under a 15-cwt. pit tub and was dragged between the tub and the rails as the pony bolted.

The accident, which happened at 10-30 a.m. in the Barnsley seam, was the first Mr. Dungworth, of 16, Washington Avenue, Conanby, has had in 50 years at Denaby Main. He is due to retire next year.
Mr. Dungworth was taken to Mexborough Montagu Hospital, suffering from broken ribs, a broken leg, fractured shoulder and thigh, a twisted right foot and a badly cut face. He has had nine stitches in his face.

He was operated on in Montagu Hospital the same day, and when his son, Mr. Thomas Dungworth, went to see him on Wednesday evening he was stated to be ‘quite comfortable.’
Mr. Dungworth began working in the pit as a boy of 14. He is a member of Conisbrough Ivanhoe Club.