More Colliery Prosecutions – Negligence – “Back Stay” Rule – Illegal Practice

August 1895

Mexborough and Swinton Times August 16 1895

Negligence at Cadeby Colliery.

Fred Clarkson, miner, Conisborough, was charged with a breach of special rule 100 at Cadeby Main by not setting sprags consistent with the regulation there set down.

Mr. Pawson appeared to prosecute, and said the defendant had been found holing a depth of 9 feet without a sprag.

John Lamb, deputy, said that on the date in question he examine the place where Clarkson was working, together with 3 men. He was holing 4 feet deep. His sprags were 9 feet apart.

When witness drew his attention to it he said he was sorry, and then came out and set the necessary sprags

Fined 5s. and costs, or seven days.

Mexborough and Swinton Times August 16 1895

The “Back Stay” Rule at Denaby Main.

Samuel Bowarter, trammer, Denaby, was summoned for a breach of rules at Denaby Main colliery on the 27th July.

Mr Hickmott, in opening, said the defendant had neglected to put a backstay behind a train of corves going uphill, and, as on this occasion there was another train following, a serious accident might have been the result.

Mr. Schofield said that on the day in question he found the defendant driving two full tubs up an incline of 1 in 20, with no backstay.

There was another lad 60 yards behind.

Defendant: There was not.

Fined 2s. 6d. and costs., or seven days.

Mexborough and Swinton Times August 16 1895

Illegal Practice at Denaby.

Thos. Mellors, miner, Denaby, was brought up charged with taking matches down Denaby pit on the 5th Aug. and thus contravening special rule 99.

Mr. Hickmott prosecuted and said the defendant had seen the management and pleaded guilty to the offence, and also asked them to help him with his fine. (Laughter.)

A lad had gone to the man’s pocket to get the time and had found matches, also reporting the case.

The company had no option but to bring the cases forward.

William Prichard gave evidence as to find in the matches.

In defence, defendant said he did not know they were there. He had changed his jacket

Fined 2s. 6d. and costs, or seven days.