Accidents 1858

AN ACCIDENT happened on Friday last to an elderly man named Thomas MEAGER, milkman, residing in Fordington, who tell off a load of furze, about two miles on the road to Bridport. Although the height was not very great he broke his thigh, and was immediately conveyed to the Dorset County Hospital, where he received every attention, and is now going on tolerably well. [Dorset County Chronicle 28/01/1858 p3].

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CAUTION AGAINST RIDING ON SHAFTS. – On Saturday last Edmund HOARE, of Fordington, a carter in the employ of the Dorchester Coal Company, met with a serious accident, resulting from the dangerous practice of riding on the shafts. He had been to Maiden Newton with a load of planks, and upon his return was seen to fall off the shafts just outside that place. He was picked up and conveyed to the Dorset County Hospital, his limbs being paralyzed from concussion of the spinal cord. It is supposed that he had gone to sleep and fell off while unconscious. Upon our last enquiries at the hospital he was reported to be better. [Dorset County Chronicle 22/07/1858 p3].

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FATAL ACCIDENT. –On Friday last a shocking accident happened to Robert COLE, servant to Mr. Joseph Spicer, of Hazelbury Bryan. It appears that the unfortunate man had been occupied in feeding a thrashing machine, and was in the set of sweeping up the loose corn, the machine being still at work, when his foot slipped and he was drawn into the drum of the machine which was immediately thrown out of gear, and it was full a quarter of an hour before he could be extricated. The sufferer was placed as soon as possible in a cart and conveyed to the Dorset County Hospital but there it was found that death had terminated his sufferings. An inquest was held at the Hospital on Saturday, before Giles Symonds, Esq., coroner, and a verdict of “Accidental Death” returned. [Salisbury & Winchester Journal 13/11/1858 p8].

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