Aged 63, Miner, He was caught by the full set when travelling out-bye on the engine plane and killed.
1897 Mines Inspectors Report (C 8819), Durham District (No. 4) by R. D. Bain, H.M. Inspector of Mines, Page: 29
No. 178 on the list occurred at South Skelton Mines, belonging to the Clay Lane Iron Co., Limited, on April 21st, causing the death of a miner.
This accident happened on the engine plane as the deceased man was coming to the shaft after his shift was finished. In passing through the landing he was told that the engine set might be signalled to start at anytime. It was, however, five minutes afterwards before it started and after having travelled about 250 yards the runrider, finding some of the tubs were off the way, signalled to the hauling engineman to stop the set, and on that being done he went back and found deceased had been caught and killed by the set.
On the opposite side to the one on which he was when found there was a space of 6 feet between the tubs to the side of the plane, and refuge holes were provided at required distances. The set runs very slowly, about 4 miles per hour, and it is difficult to account for the accident occurring.