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The following is taken from the Derby Mercury 1891
Serious Accident to a Contractor.
Derby Mercury Wednesday 18 Feb 1891
The Glendon Coal Company is sinking a new air shaft at the Mapperley Colliery, for which Joseph Sanders and Fred Smith are the contractors. The shaft is 10 feet in diameter and the men are working at a depth of 349 yards. On Friday a shot had been placed in the shaft where Sanders was working which had not gone off, and he proceeded after the usual time to drill the hole out again when the shot ignited, inflicting on him serious injuries. He lost one eye and the other was severely injured. The poor fellow was brought to the surface, and Mr Walker, of Simon Field Farm having provided a cart; he was removed to Ilkeston Cottage Hospital where he now lies in a precarious position.
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