Dangers of Disobedience – Breach of Colliery Rules

December 1896

Mexborough & Swinton Times December 4, 1896.

The Dangers of Disobedience.

Thomas Westwood, a pony driver, of Denaby, was charged by the Denaby Main Colliery Co. with a breach of colliery rule 4.

Mr. Gichard solicitor for the prosecution, said the offence was that Westwood had changed levels with another driver, with the result that the other lad was now lying in hospital, having been lamed in both legs by the action of the defendant.

The rules for each of those levels were carefully thought out by those who were responsible, and those young lads should not assume that they knew better than those who had to draw up the rules.

There was a good deal behind this case, and it was absolutely necessary that the proceedings should be brought.

Defendant admitted the offence and a fine of 20s. and costs was imposed.