Conisborough Miner’s Death – Returned Soldier Severley Injured

January 1917

Mexborough & Swinton Times, January 20th 1917

Adjourned Inquest
Conisborough Miners Death
Returned Soldier Severely Injured

The adjourned inquest on George Workman (36), miner, of Athelstone road, Conisborough, who was killed on Saturday, January 5th in the Cadeby mine, was held on Monday by Mr Frank Allen coroner.

Mr J Danby, HM inspector attended, and also Mr H Hawley, manager of the mine, Mr HC Harrison, agent of the Denaby and Cadeby collieries Ltd and Mr George Star, on behalf of  the local branch of the Yorkshire miners Association

Thomas McDonald of 73 Clifton Street, Denaby, miner, said that at 7.30 on the morning of 5 January he was at work with the deceased in the Cadeby mine. They were twisting a tub on the flat sheets when there was a bump, and immediately afterwards a heavy fall. Diseased was completely buried, and witness had his lamp knocked out and two fingers cut off. He went to the pit bottom for assistance, and was sent out of the pit.

The coroner: did you think there was a sufficient number of supports across the gate? – Yes sir.

Arthur Vollans, deputy, 19 Tickhill square, Denaby, said he examined the place the shift before the accident. It was properly supported

A verdict of accidental death was returned

Mr Harrison, on behalf of the company, expressed sympathy with the family of the deceased, and referred with regret to the fact that McDonald, after serving his country at the front and being wounded, should have met with so severe an injury upon returning to work in the mine.