Accidents 1853

ACCIDENT.–On Saturday last, as a young man named Bridge, son of Mr. Bridge, carrier of Maiden Newton, was binding a load of hay, the rope slipped suddenly, when he fell backwards upon the ground ; he was conveyed to the Dorset County Hospital, where after great suffering, we regret to state he died on Thursday morning. [Southern Times & Dorset County Herald 26/03/1853 p8].

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BERE REGIS. ACCIDENTS.–On Tuesday last as some men were digging chalk for lime burning on Mr. Drax’s estate, near Charbro’ Park, a sudden slip of chalk occurred, at the time there were three labourers employed, one of the number had only been there for the first time that morning, a load about fifteen, by the name of LANGDOWN. The mass fell on him and injured him so much that was considered advisable to send him to Dorchester Hospital, where he suffered until yesterday, when death put an end to his sufferings. [Southern Times & Dorset County Herald 04/06/1853 p8].

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On Tuesday afternoon a serious accident happened at the railway works near the spot where the bridge lately fell in, about half-a-mile from this town, on the Wilts, Somerset, and Weymouth line. A lad named KERLEY, in the employ of Jocelin, a chimney-sweep, was on Tuesday sent with the dinner of his master’s son, a navvy employed at the works, and afterwards amused himself by taking a pick and loosening the chalk in the cutting. He had proceeded in this occupation some time, when a quantity of chalk fell upon him, which completely covered him. Assistance was immediately at hand, and the poor lad was soon dragged out, when it was found that one of his legs was broken, his back injured, and his head severely cut and bruised. He was immediately conveyed to the Dorset County Hospital, where every attention was promptly paid to the sufferer. [Dorset County Chronicle 13/10/1853 p4].

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