South Skelton Fatality – William Barr – 01 Mar 1911

Age 37, Miner, he was engaged with another miner in removing a stook which would have been finished that shift, when a sudden fall of roof (shale and dogger) took place and displaced several balks; the deceased was probably caught by a running balk as well as the fall; a shot had been fired 3½ hours previously, which may have shaken the stone into which some of time balk ends were inserted, and a sudden pressure of the roof caused the stone to burst off; the working was said to have been very closely timbered

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