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Fatal Accident No 79

Nottingham Journal Tuesday 06-02-1940

Inquiry into Gedling Miners Fate

A Gedling miners death was the result of a fall of roof, while he was hauling a cable attached to a boring machine, was the subject of an inquest at Leenside yesterday. The Coroner (Mr W S Rothera) recorded a verdict of “Accidental death” on Frederick Scott Rowley, 22, of 153, Main Street, Newthorpe, Jack Miles, of 25, Chatsworth Avenue, Carlton, chargeman of 24s stall stated the shift started at 6-30am on Friday and the accident took place at 1pm. The deputy had been round and tested the roof. He (Miles) had also tested the roof with his pick and there was adequate timber. Rowley was pulling a drill cable about five yards from him when he heard a fall of roof, going to the spot he found Rowley with a stone weighing about fifteen hundredweight beside him. The stone had dislodged a prop which was underneath it. Edward Ernest Leyland, of 36, Langdale Road, Nottingham, who was assisting Rowley to pull the cable out said he had tested the roof and it seemed all right. Dr H O’Neil of the Nottingham General Hospital said the man was suffering from a broken back and injuries to the chest; he died on the day of the accident.


Fatal Accident No 80

Nottingham Guardian Friday 07-06-1940

Killed By a fall of Stone, Inquiry into Gedling Colliery Accident

An inquiry into the fatal accident at Gedling Colliery on Tuesday afternoon was held by the Nottinghamshire District Coroner (Lt-Col H Bradwell) yesterday afternoon. The victim was Joe Davis, 38, of 25, Burrows Street Carlton Road, Nottingham. Herbert Parker, 26, Colliery Road, The Meadows, Nottingham, said that about 2-15pm he was working on No 7 conveyor face, there were plenty of props and bars, except where the fall of roof occurred. It was held up by two catch props and until the stone had been removed propping and barring could not be done. Witness said he found Davis with his head on the ground, and a large stone on his back, the side of his head was crushed. They were working near a fault but no falls had occurred. Ernest Widdowson, of Sandford Road, Mapperley, the deputy, said he considered the two catch props were safe. A piece of stone weighing about three to four hundred weights fell from the roof. A verdict of “Accidental death” killed by a fall of roof was recorded.


Fatal Accident No 81

Nottingham Journal Tuesday 28-07-1940

Gedling Miners Death from Second Accident

A Verdict of death from “Ulcerative Endocardititis” was returned by the Nottingham City Coroner (Mr W S Rothera) at an inquest at Leenside Nottingham yesterday on Joseph Radford, 59, of 119, Plains Road, Mapperley. He added that the infection was consequent upon a lacerated heel caused by a runaway tub in the Gedling pit where he was employed. The inquest had been opened previously, following some question whether the death was caused by a recent accident, or had any relation to another accident in which Radford was involved. At yesterday’s inquiry the Coroner said that it had been agreed that death was due to the second accident, in which Radford suffered a lacerated heel when his foot was trapped by a runaway tub.


Fatal Accident No 82

Nottingham Guardian Friday 06-12-1940

Trapped by a fall of Coal Gedling Miner Accidently Killed

The death of a miner, Frederick George Gotheridge, 50, of 34, Besecar Avenue, Gedling, as the result of a fall of coal was investigated at the Fox and Hounds, Carlton, yesterday, by the Nottingham District Coroner, {Lt-Col H Bradwell} a verdict of “Accidently killed “ was recorded. Alfred John Perry, of Worrell Avenue, Arnold, said he was working on No 1 face on Saturday about nine yards from Gotheridge, witness had had a warning that a shot was being fired and went down to where Gotheridge was working. They were both in a safe position, about 35 yards away, and heard the shot fired. He went back to his work, and about ten minutes later was called, and found Gotheridge had been trapped. There had been a fall of about a ton of coal. Eric Saywell, of Norbett Road, Arnold, a shotfirer said he warned the men to take cover before firing the shot; Gotheridge should have been quite safe where he was. After firing the shot everything was alright and on-going in Gotheridge’s direction he found the man under a fall of coal. He was severely injured about the head and was unconscious. Replying to a question witness said he was certain the firing of the shot had nothing to do with the fall of coal. Ernest Widdowson, of Sandford Road, Mapperley, a deputy, said he had made his first examination at 9-30 am and was quite satisfied. When he received information of the accident he went to the spot and found Gotheridge had been released. First aid was rendered but he was dead when a doctor examined him on the surface.


Fatal Accident No 83

Nottingham Journal Monday 28-12-1942

Fatality at Pit Head Landsale Labourers Fall at Mapperley

A verdict of “Accidental death” was due to a fall at work, was recorded by the Nottingham City Coroner (Mr W S Rothera) on Thursday, at the inquest on Harold Kenyon Denman, 62, Landsale labourer employed at the Gedling Colliery. Deceased who resided at 24, Criches Flat, Kimberley, was stated to have been at work on the landing stage at Mapperley land sale wharf, where he was found unconscious. He died later at the Nottingham General Hospital. It had been ascertained that he was suffering from a fracture of the base of the skull.


Fatal Accident No 84

Nottingham Journal Friday 08-01-1943

Buried by Roof Fall.

“Accidental death” was the verdict recorded by Lt-Col H Bradwell at an inquest at Carlton yesterday on Benjamin Jones, 23, a miner of 25, Holborn Avenue, Sneinton Dale, Nottingham. He was buried by a fall of roof while following his employment at Gedling No 1 pit on Tuesday morning.


Fatal Accident No 85

Nottingham Journal Thursday 19-08-1943

Miner Trapped to Roof, Worked at Gedling for Forty Years

A fatal injury to a miner who had been at Gedling Colliery for forty years, Frederick George Strange, 54, of 5, Worth Street, Carlton, was investigated by the Nottingham City Coroner (Mr W S Rothera) yesterday and a verdict of “Accidental death” was recorded. Dr T Hambley Nottingham General Hospital said deceased was admitted on August 13th suffering from shock, fractures of the ribs, and a rupture of the lung, he died on August 15th from Bronical Pneumonia following his injuries. Millbank Paynter, miner of 32, Watton Avenue, Wells Road, Nottingham, said he was preparing to couple a conveyor belt which had been repaired when the accident occurred. The belt started up with an “exceptional good jerk” and witness looking up saw deceased pinned against the roof. He had crossed the belt by going over the tension box. A coal face worker James Ross, of 23, Elmhurst Avenue, Mapperley, stated that about 11-20am he heard one of his mates shout “there’s a man fast”. He went to the scene of the accident and found Strange bent over the belt, the tension box was at an angle and trapping the deceased to the roof. He was seriously injured.


Fatal Accident No 86

Nottingham Journal Friday 10-11-1944

Fatal Pit Accident, fall of Stone Hits Nottingham Man

How a miner met his death as a result of a fall of stone from the pit roof was told at the inquest yesterday at the Fox and Hounds, Carlton, conducted by the Nottingham District Coroner Lt-Col H Bradwell. A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned on James Holmes, 47, of 5, Westville Street, Nottingham, who died on Wednesday morning. Raymond Watson, 4, Marwood Crescent Carlton, said he and Hearson worked on a “stint” on No 2 coal face, about 10-30am he heard someone shout “come here” and found Holmes in a crouching position with a stone on the back of his neck forcing his head between his knees. Holmes was released and found to be bleeding from the nose and the mouth. First aid was rendered but deceased never recovered consciousness. George Handford, 2. Florence Road, Gedling, said he was satisfied the place where the accident occurred was normal and there was no undue pressure. The piece of stone that fell on Holmes had released some bars, and he considered that a piece of coal had fallen out and dislodged a prop. Isaac Marsh a deputy said that when he inspected the coal face he found nothing out of the ordinary and everything was safe. In his opinion some back coal had forced the prop out.


Fatal Accident No 87

Nottingham Guardian Wednesday 28-02-1945

A verdict of “Accidental death” was recorded by the County Coroner Lt-Col H Bradwell at the inquest at the Fox and Hounds Hotel, Carlton, yesterday on Walter Fearn, 33, miner of 16, Agnes Terrace, St Agnes Street, Nottingham, who was killed by a fall of stone in the Gedling Colliery on Saturday. Evidence was given by William Dakin, of 9, Marwood Crescent, Carlton, a charge hand ripper, who said he was in charge of the work. Deceased was making the roof secure in preparation for some shots. Fearn had cut a wood prop to set under a girder and got under the lip of the girder when it reeled out, and a nine foot steel strap came out and fell on Fearn’s back. He was pinned to the floor, the roof which fell on deceased would weigh over two tons, and he made no sound. A deputy, Alfred Akers, 89, Plains Road, Mapperley, said he had made a routine examination of the area and was satisfied it was safe.


Fatal Accident No 88

Nottingham Guardian Monday 02-02-1946

Gedling Pits Loss, One of the Best Colliers Victim of fall

Pinned against a safety prop by a falling piece of stone, Ernest William Saywell a forty year old collier of Grange Villa, Gedling Road, Arnold, was killed at Gedling Colliery on Thursday. At the inquest held by the Nottinghamshire District Coroner Lt-Col H Bradwell at Carlton on Saturday a verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned. The Coroner remarked he was evidently a very worthy person and one we can ill afford to lose in these times. Saywell who had worked at the pit for twenty years was said by Mr G F Thompson colliery manager to be one of the best colliers we had and a very difficult man to replace.


Fatal Accident No 89

Nottingham Journal Thursday 27-02-1947

Harold Newton, 34, of 15, Bombay Street, Nottingham received a fractured skull when his head was caught between two tubs at Gedling Colliery. The Coroner recorded a verdict to this effect.