Accidents 1859

MILBORNE ST. ANDREW. FATAL ACCIDENT.–On Tuesday afternoon, a woman named Caroline DICKER, was taken to the Dorset County Hospital, suffering from a serious accident sustained while assisting in thrashing at this place. It appears that she was cutting the bands from the sheaves, when she slipped down the smooth board, and was drawn into the drum of the machine, her leg being smashed into a pulp, and the injuries reaching up to the middle of the thigh. On arriving at the Hospital, Mr. Phillips, the house surgeon, immediately applied the tourniquet, and sent for W. D. Tapp, Esq., who afterwards had a consultation on the case with Dr. Cowdell. It first was contemplated to amputate the limb, but owing to the great loss of blood this was deemed impracticable ; and notwithstanding a judicious administration of stimulants, the poor woman sank into a state of collapse, and expired about 11 o’clock the same night. [Salisbury & Winchester Journal 23/07/1859 p7].

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THRESHING MACHINE ACCIDENT.–On Wednesday last as Mary Ann ORCHARD was assisting to feed a threshing machine at Winfrith, she fell over the drum, when her arm was drawn in and so severely injured that on being taken to the Dorset County Hospital it was found necessary to amputate the limb ; but she is now progressing as favourably as could be expected. [Dorset County Chronicle 13/10/1859 p4].

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A CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS.–At two o’clock on Wednesday morning last, a mason named William SIBLEY, residing in Fordington, was brought to the Dorset County Hospital with both bones of his right leg fractured. He stated that in returning from work at Galton he stumbled over a large stone in the road, but there is reason for supposing he was intoxicated at the time. Every attention was paid to his case, and he is now progressing favourably. The same morning at nine o’clock, John GODDARD, machine man, in the employ of Mr. Symes, Nether Cerne, was admitted with severe injuries to one of his hands. He was cleaning out a corn crusher, when a revolution of the machine cut or fractured four of his fingers, which it was found necessary partially to amputate. At four o’clock in the afternoon, Joseph DAMEN, a carter in the employ of the same gentleman, was born to the Hospital in a precarious state. He was returning to Nether Cerne with a load of coals, when it appears that he lay down on the top of the waggon with his legs hanging over the head, the horses being driven by his son, a lad between 12 and 13 years of age. Close to Godmanstone he attempted to get up, but over-balanced himself, and fell under the wheels, which passed over his body, crushing five ribs on the right side and three on the left, besides seriously rupturing the liver. He continued insensible from the time of his admission, and we regret to add that about fourteen hours afterwards the case terminated fatally. A few days before, Charles MORETON, sergeant in the militia, was admitted into the Hospital with the “spill” bone of his left leg fractured, which was occasioned in his jumping over a stile. On Thursday evening another case was brought in. William FRIZZLE, of Milton Abbas, a labourer on Baron Hambro’s estate, was felling trees. The one on which he was engaged had two limbs united close to the bottom, and instead of falling together as anticipated, they split, one limb going one way, and the other another. To escape the one, he ran, and was caught by the other, which hit him on the back, causing a fracture of the spinous processes and pedicles of the 11th and 12th dorsal vertebrae. Under the skilful care of the surgical staff of the hospital he is progressing favourably. … [Extract: Dorset County Chronicle 24/11/1859 p3].

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