Yesterday I was browsing Facebook and came across details of an open day at Bestwood Colliery to be held on 01 July 2017 celebrating 50 years since the pit closed.
Googling for some additional information I have now come across your web site listing all of the pit fatalities. I am interested as my father was the last fatality at Bestwood Pit on 11 July 1967.
I have copied below the details you have recorded.
Walter W Hazeldine
Nottingham Coroners Office
Crushed by tubs
The details of my father's name and age are incorrect. Would it be possible for you to amend these details?
The correct details are as follows:
William HAZZLEDINE, Age 49
For interest I have attached a press cutting (surname still incorrectly spelt).
Thank you in anticipation.
Maureen Weldon (nee Hazzledine)
See also Robert Bradley's History of Mining entry
ATTENBOROUGH MAN KILLED BY RUNAWAY TUB
AN Attenborough man working at the Bestwood Colliery was killed by a runaway tub, Mr. C. A. Mack, the Nottingham District Coroner, was told on Tuesday.
The dead man was Mr. William Hazledine, aged 49, of Long-lane, Attenborough, a miner for 20 years.
The inquest jury were told by the coroner that Mr. Hazledine was one of two men taking laden tubs along a track with a pony. He was following the tubs and at the same time two other men manhandled another laden tub to the top of an incline.
They tried to chock the wheels to control the descent but one of the men failed to get his chock secured and the tub broke away crashing into the tubs pulled by the pony pushing them forward five yards.
Mr. Hazledine was trapped beneath the runaway tub.
Mr. Robert MacGowan, a ripper, of Coronation-road, Bestwood, who witnessed the incident, said that it was the second time he had known of a tub running away.
Mr. Mack directed the jury that there was no degree of negligence to justify criminal responsibility for the man’s death.
It was more difficult to fit safety devices to the rails concerned because they were used for pony haulage, but it was significant that they had been installed since the accident.
Traffic procedure notices too, had since been posted at the colliery.
The jury returned an “Open” verdict.