On Saturday an inquest was held by Mr. J. V. T. Lander, coroner, on view of the body of Richard Rowlands, a miner, who was killed under shocking circumstances.
Mrs. Rowlands identified the body as that of her husband. He was employed by Mr. Ferriday at Pudley Pit. On Thursday he went to work, and Mr. Watkiss brought him home hurt.
John Freeman said he was working with deceased repairing at the pumping-shaft. All went well through the day until about seven in the evening, when deceased must have slipped and fell down the shaft about 30 yards. Witness then descended and got him up. Witness thought it was a pure accident, as deceased was an experienced man, and was quite sober.
Sarah Ann Watkiss, of Old Park, said she laid the body of deceased out. His left leg and right thigh were broken and his head was bruised; he had made no complaint or reference to the accident. The jury returned a verdict that deceased died from injuries received through failing down the pit accidentally, and added a rider that in their opinion men should not be allowed to do such work without a safeguard being provided, such as a belt.
Note: The inquest referred to was held on 26th March, while the accident occurred on Thursday 24th March 1898."What the Papers Said" Index