Shocking Fatality at Denaby Main – Joseph Stacey

May 1880

Mexborough and Swinton Times, May 21.

Shocking Accident at Denaby Main.

On Friday last, a pit labourer, named Joseph Stacey, age 45, was following his customary employment at the Denaby Main Colliery when he met with a sad accident, which terminated fatally.

At our past four in the afternoon, he was emptying coal upon the screen and thus filling a boat, which was moored close by. Having done this, he got underneath the wagon for the purpose of putting up the board – which is the usual custom – when the horse, which was attached thereto, started off, dragging the unfortunate man for some distance along the ground.

His head was then caught between the axle of the wagon and a square piece of wood, death resulting almost instantaneously.

In addition to the fatal fracture of the skull, he was injured in various parts of his limbs and body.

At the inquest held at the Fox Inn, Conisborough, on Saturday afternoon, before Mr E. Nicholson, coroner, Doncaster, evidence to this effect was given by Frederick Guest and James Laughton, who also work at the pit.

Mr Rotherham, assistant manager at the colliery, attended the enquiry into the absence from home through illness Mr J Warburton, the manager.

A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.

The deceased leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss.

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