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Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News, 2nd January 1905


A horse driver, Alfred Davies aged 17, was burned in the pit by paraffin oil. The drivers used small torch lamps fed with paraffin oil and were allowed free access to a tank of the oil, from which they were in the habit of taking supplies in bottles and tins.

When the accident happened a boy was filling a lamp from an old fruit can, the oil in which caught fire and he dropped it, and the burning oil fell on the legs and feet of the deceased, whose clothing was oily and he was so severely burnt that he died next day.

After this accident the use of paraffin oil for the drivers lamps was abandoned and Colza oil substituted for it.


Submitted by Ivor Brown

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