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Date

1886

Date Name Age Colliery Cause of Accident

02-01-1886

L Lambeth

48

Whitwood

Fall of roof

04-01-1886

T Harrison

40

Sharlston

Fall of coal

04-01-1886

T Parkes

40

Featherstone Main

Fall of coal

05-01-1886

J Pearce

58

Monckton Main

Fall of roof

06-01-1886

William Ratcliffe

46

Birley Moorpit

Rope broke fell down shaft

09-01-1886

S Medley

29

Stanley Liversedge

Fall of roof

14-01-1886

J Sanderson

25

Whitwood

Run over by wagons on the surface 12 Jan 1886

14-01-1886

F Roystone

18

Nunnery

Crushed by tubs

16-01-1886

E Hepworth

23

Thorncliffe

Hit by pulley wheel 11 Dec 1885

16-01-1886

G Lockwood

22

Old Flockton

Fall of roof

18-01-1886

W Holdsworth

59

Barrow

Fall of roof

19-01-1886

D Holmes

30

Mirfield

Fall of roof 07 Oct 1885

22-01-1886

J Fretwell

44

Wombwell Main

Caught in machinery

27-01-1886

G Herbert

15

East Gawber

Hit by a haulage rope

30-01-1886

John William Brown

19

Birley West

Fall of roof

03-02-1886

W Rowe

43

Treeton

Fall of roof

13-02-1886

W Massey

54

Snydale

Fall of roof

13-02-1886

J Osborn

48

Roundwood

Fall of roof 31 Jan 1886

15-02-1886

W Perry

19

West Riding

Run over by tubs

17-02-1886

E Roberts

41

East Gawber

Run Over by tubs

23-02-1886

G Barrow

27

Nostell

Fall of roof

27-02-1886

T Wright

42

Waleswood

Fall of coal 21 Jan 1886

08-03-1886

S Hodgson

29

Carlton Main

Fall of coal

11-03-1886

J Edis

22

Sharlston

Run over by a loco surface

15-03-1886

F Featherstone

14

Whitwood

Crushed by tubs

24-03-1886

W Brooke

54

Shaw Cross

Fall of roof

30-03-1886

W Petch

14

Sinking Wood

Fall of roof

01-04-1886

Joseph Harris

19

Monckton Main

Fall of roof

06-04-1886

F Clifford

21

East Gawber

Fall of roof

08-04-1886

J Morris

49

Wheldale

Fall of roof

16-04-1886

R Brindle

36

Nostell

Crushed by the cage

17-04-1886

J Wiper

30

Church Lane

Fall of roof

07-05-1886

J Swift

52

Hemingford

Fall of coal

11-05-1886

F Rudge

34

Stanley

Fall of coal

15-05-1886

J Moat

55

Nunnery

Fall of roof 10 May 1886

21-05-1886

H Bartholomew

42

Treeton

Crushed by wagons on the surface

22-05-1886

R Pattison

55

Denaby Main

Crushed by tubs

26-05-1886

C Firth

60

Kippax

Run over by tubs

29-05-1886

G Taylor

50

East Gawber

Crushed by the cage

03-06-1886

D Heeley

18

Thorncliffe

Fall of roof

06-06-1886

T Wilkinson

21

Blacker Main

Fall of coal 04 Jun 1886

08-06-1886

E Ingram

 

Howley Park

Run over by tubs

30-06-1886

H Stother

15

Thorncliffe

Run Over by tubs

01-07-1886

Robert Ashmore

38

Birley West

Fall of roof

05-07-1886

S Shepherd

45

West Riding

Fall of roof

07-07-1886

J Dagnall

46

Denaby Main

Fall of coal

14-07-1886

H Cowell

30

Allerton Bywater

Fall of coal

17-07-1886

W Battison

26

Thrybergh Hall

Fall of roof

18-07-1886

J Whitehouse

39

Waleswood

Fall of roof 16 Jul 1886

20-07-1886

S Jackson

30

Mitchell Main

Fall of coal

21-07-1886

A Butterfield

42

Waterloo

Fall of roof

23-07-1886

E Lax

14

Waleswood

Run over by wagons on the surface

27-07-1886

A Speight

28

Lofthouse

Crushed by tubs 20 Jul 1886

02-08-1866

G Green

19

Wheldale

Kicked by a pony

02-08-1886

J Nicholson

48

Flatts

Fall of roof

17-08-1886

G Jackson

29

Strafford

Fall of roof

18-08-1886

F Liversedge

16

Nunnery

Crushed by a pony

31-08-1886

P Fox

26

Park Hill

Fall of roof

04-09-1886

H Sanson

54

Thorncliffe

Fall of roof

06-09-1886

C leak

16

Manvers Main

Crushed by wagons on the surface

06-09-1886

G Mosby

55

Micklefield

Fall of roof

16-09-1886

R Tempest

40

Morley Main

Fall of roof

21-09-1886

W Hammond

22

Nunnery

Crushed by tubs 19 Sep 1886

25-09-1886

T Green

30

Denaby Main

Run over by wagons on the surface

25-09-1886

D Overend

60

Woolley

Fall of coal 13 Sep 1886

29-09-1886

W Fish

20

Mitchell Main

Run over by tubs 19 Aug 1886

Altofts Colliery Explosion.

A Report was made by Frank N. Wardell. Her Majesty's Inspector of Mines and was presented to both houses of Parliament in 1887.

The explosion took place on the 2nd October 1887, but the inquest could not be held until all the bodies had been recovered, some ten weeks afterwards. This was owing to the fact that the work of recovery and of restoration of the ventilation system was very slow, and was carried out with the greatest deliberation and caution.

Until a few months previous to October, the system of lighting had been one of naked lights exclusively. By degrees, safety-lamps had been introduced, and at the time of the explosion were in use throughout the mine, with the exception of the bottom of the shafts, and for certain prescribed distances along the main intake roads.

The pit porch, and an underground engine-house, as well as the roads immediately in the vicinity of the shafts, were lighted by gas, which was brought by means of pipes from the surface.

The day on which the explosion occurred was a Saturday, and the time about three o'clock in the afternoon. The regular day-shift of workmen had left the pit about one o'clock, and this was a matter of thankfulness, inasmuch as had the explosion taken place previous to this hour, there would probably have been about 400 persons in the mine.

The number actually down at the time was 28. Of these, 20 were killed and eight injured, two of these latter dying from the effects of their injuries.

The verdict of the jury at the inquest was that "The whole of the workmen killed, except the two deputies, met their deaths from an explosion of coal dust, which originated in the West Bord, and was caused by the firing of an unskilfully drilled shot by one of the men engaged in widening the road; and the two deputies were suffocated by the stoppage of ventilation consequent on the explosion."

This was probably the first recorded case in which a verdict had been returned of death from explosion of coal-dust alone.

The Altoft Explosion led to a demand for the addition to the Coal Mines Act (1872) to deal with dangers arising from coal dust. It was not until the Coal Mines Act of 1887 that amongst the precautions required, was that of watering the dust in the vicinity of shots for a radius of 20 yards.

Date Name Age Colliery Cause of Accident

02-10-1886

George Edward Cookson

16

Altofts

Explosion of coal-dust

02-10-1886

W Barker

27

Altofts

Explosion of coal-dust

02-10-1886

George Allatt

27

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Soloman Green

44

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Joseph  Gill

50

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Thomas Ibbeson

16

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

George Arthur Colley

29

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Martin Buxton

44

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Abraham Davies

17

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

John Barker Newton

39

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

John Hancock

36

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

George Wilcock

29

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

John Trueman

38

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

J Nicholson

44

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

John Fox

26

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Samuel Flint

41

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Henry Deakin

53

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Thomas Oakley

21

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Charles Edward Plimmer

18

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

02-10-1886

Samuel Lomax

58

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust

03-10-1886

T Hough

15

Whitwood

Crushed by the cage -1-10-1886

04-10-1886

William Megson

36

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust 02-10-1886

08-10-1886

F Rowbottom

30

Kiveton Park

Fall of roof

19-10-1886

W Ashwood

19

Mitchell Main

Fall of roof

19-10-1886

P Malloy

35

Nunnery

Crushed by wagons on the surface

21-10-1886

James Worthington

25

Altofts

Explosion of Coal Dust 02-10-1886

02-11-1886

J Cauldwell

17

East Gawber

Run over by tubs

08-11-1886

J Newton

15

Box Ings

Overcome by blackdamp

09-11-1886

S Arundel

44

East Ardsley

Fall of roof

11-11-1886

S Birkenshaw

14

Park Hill

Fall of roof

14-11-1886

Thomas Turnbull Dial

37

Kiveton Park

Fell down the shaft

17-11-1886

H Griffiths

29

Sharlston

Fall of roof

18-11-1886

B Summers

31

Nunnery

Fall of coal

19-11-1886

T Hall

40

Wombwell Main

Fall of coal

19-11-1886

A Woodhead

15

Wharncliffe Silkstone

Crushed by wagons on the surface 08-11-1886

20-11-1886

J Hudson

19

Lofthouse

Crushed by the cage 19-11-1886

21-11-1886

J Firth

59

Carlton Main

Crushed by wagons on the surface

22-11-1886

J Clayton

17

Aldwarke Main

Fell from the cage

26-11-1886

J Idle

36

Prince of Wales

Fall of roof

27-11-1886

J Platts

21

Waleswood

Fall of roof

04-12-1886

F Elliott

41

North Staveley

Fall of roof

07-12-1886

R Barker

35

Mitchell Main

Crushed by tubs 26-11-1886

08-12-1886

G Blackburn

37

South Kirkby

Crushed by tubs  30 -11-1886

08-12-1886

J Roberts

52

Simon Wood

Fall of coal

15-12-1886 Samuel Burden 55 Lundhill
Fall of coal 29-11-1886

20-12-1886

T Dixon

44

Whitwood

Fall of roof

27-12-1886

E Wigley

37

Denaby Main

Overcome by blackdamp

30-12-1886

Joseph Walker

49

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

Samuel Walker

20

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

Charles Walker

19

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

James Hardcastle

18

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

Joseph Pearson

47

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

Joseph Pearson

20

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

Edward Baxter

29

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

William Barton

17

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

Alvin Hardcastle

18

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

30-12-1886

William Manning

40

Houghton Main

Winding rope broke

31-12-1886

T Boyd

47

Church Lane

Fall of roof

31-12-1886

J Bentley

28

East Gawber

Fall of roof 24-12-1886

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