Fatal Accident at Denaby – John Wood

November 1880

Sheffield independent, November 9, 1883

The Fatal accident at Denaby Main Colliery

An inquest was held before the Mr D Wightman, coroner, at Denaby, yesterday, touching the death of a hanger on at the Denaby main colliery, named John Wood, aged 17, who died the previous day from injuries received in the pit, as already stated in the independent. Mr Gerard, deputy inspector of mines, was present as was also Mr Chambers, the manager of the colliery.

Aaron Wood, the father of deceased, said before his son died he stated that he was riding on the rope, and was jerked off. He did not blame anyone for the injuries which caused his son’s death.

George Freeman, a trapper, said he had frequently seen the deceased riding on the role, and told the “Clipper” of the matter. He had also told the deputy. The lamp carrier had also told him.

Robert Ogden, a Cpl, also stated that he had told the deputy of the practice

Schofield, the deputy referred to, said he had seen the deceased riding as stated, but had never been told of it by the previous witnesses. He had not reported it to the manager.

The coroner informed.witness that it was his duty to report any breach of the bylaws to the manager.

The lamp carrier and Ogden were recalled, and each stated that they had never told the deputy about the deceased riding on the ropes.

One of the jury man said there must have been a misunderstanding; he did not believe Ogden would tell a lie.

The coroner observed that it was strange.

A verdict of “accidental death” was returned.

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