Skelton Park Fatality – George Ridley – 28 Nov 1900

Aged 18, Attending endless rope, He was employed to see that tubs went round the curves on endless rope all right, and by some means he got caught between a tub and a curve and was killed. Probability is that he was riding on tub at time., Buried: Skelton in Cleveland, All Saints on 02 Dec 1900

1900 Mines Inspectors Report (Cd 536), Durham District (No. 4) by R. D. Bain, H.M. Inspector of Mines, Page: 29

No. 449 on the list occurred at Skelton Park Mines, belonging to Messrs. Bell Brothers, Ltd., on November 28th, and caused the death of a lad who was attending to the endless rope haulage.

Deceased’s duty was to watch the full and empty tubs going round a curve and to signal to the engineman to stop the rope in the event of one getting off the way, if the rope got off the sheaves or out of the forks. For this purpose it was necessary that he should be in between the ways, where there was ample room.

By some means he got caught between the tubs and the inside of the curve and was so dreadfully crushed that death must have been instantaneous.

What he had been doing to get caught it is impossible to say, but he must have gone to the inside of the curve, where he had strict instructions not to be when the rope was in motion.

The speed of the rope was only two miles an hour, and this makes it all the more difficult to account for the accident.

Parish records image by kind permission of Teesside Archives.

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