Serious Accident – Denaby Main Colliery – Two Men in Hospital

October 1895

Mexborough and Swinton Times October 4, 1895

Serious Accident at Denaby Main Colliery

That the life of a miner is a dangerous one we have many instances from time to time, and amongst the most recent is one which occurred at the above colliery on Tuesday, which shows at the same time our careful all ought to be one engaged in these most hazardous occupations below ground.

The unfortunate victims in this case as Samuel Houghton (31), married, a trammer living at 71 Clifton Street, Denaby Main, and Thomas Peplow (21), single, trammer residing at 8 Strafforth Terrace, Denaby Main.

From what can be ascertained as to the circumstances, it appears Houghton was removing a corve containing coal in their working place, when in doing so he accidentally caught a prop, knocking it out, with the result that the roof dropped down upon himself and his fellow workmen. Both received severe injuries, from which it is doubtful they will ever totally recover.

Houghton, who fared by far the worse, was completely buried, and sustain, amongst others, an injury to the spine. Peplow’s injuries were mostly of an internal description, the worst been a severe crush to his abdomen, but well, it is anticipated, do well.

The patients are both at the Mexborough Cottage Hospital, under the care of Dr A McCall, of Conisbrough.