Feb 3rd 1911

Robert Fawkes, 45, Shaftman, Some full tubs at the Hutton Seam level had crept away and run into the shaft where they were stopped by the “dabbing” buntons at the bottom of the cage hole 10 ½ feet down. All the tubs had been got out except three, by means of a chain hung from the bottom of the cage. One of the three tubs had been secured by a sling chain to a guide and the other two were being lifted by the cage and chain attachment. As soon as the tubs got clear they swung across the pit owing to the diagonal lift, and the deceased who was standing on a bunton 14 inches wide apparently overbalanced himself and fell to the bottom of the shaft, a depth of 29 fathoms. Belts are provided as a safeguard for persons engaged in such work, but it is difficult at time to get shaftmen and others  to use them as they become so familiar with kind of work and consider using a belt impeded them. If he had been using a belt the fatality would not have occurred.


July 4th 1911

William White, 37, Stoneman, He was clearing away some stone which had fallen from the side of a gateway canch, when a fall of roof took place and buried him. The stone was of a very short nature, and the man was suffocated before he could be liberated. The fall canted out two props.


December 14th 1912

William Thornton, 41, Boiler minder. He was shortening a belt used for driving a mechanical stoker from an overhead shafting and was probably standing on the feed pipes with the belt hanging round him, while he drove in the rivets against the wall. The belt caught in the boltheads of a shaft coupling close to the pulley sheaves, and being around him, pulled him up the shafting, causing injuries from which he died on December 14th. There was no reason why he should not have stopped the shafting to do this work. Since the accident all similar couplings have been covered over.


January 13th 1913

John Laws aged 18 a landing boy was driving an empty broken tub outbye when his pony got away very fast.   He probably got frightened and attempted to jump off the limbers, but in doing so, he was caught between the tub and the road side.

Feb 11th 1914

Thomas Douglass aged 30 a stoneman and his mate were sent to fire a shot in a gateway canch, the previous shot having been fired 3 weeks before.   Whilst drilling, a large stone from the side fell on the deceased, inflicting severe injuries, from which he died the same day in the hospital.   The stone at the place was full of slips and coal pipings hence the weak.


August 28th 1914

Peter Renwicks aged 61 a stoneman and his mate were taking down baulks and resetting them at a higher level.   A baulk was held by end pressure, so that when the end props were removed, it did not fall.   The deceased was loosening one end with his pick, when the baulk and the stone lying upon it fell away.   Loose stones fell onto his feet, so that he fell heavily onto his back, fracturing his pelvis.   A middle prop should have been set.   He died on September 8th 1914.