Leeds Times (20/Jan/1894) - The Marsden Blasting Fatality
The Marsden Blasting Fatality.
Mr. J.E. Hill held an inquest at the Old New Inn, Marsden, on Monday, on the body of Robert Baker, aged forty-five years, an excavator, of Crow Trees, Slaithwaite, who was killed through an explosion in the puddle trench at Butterley Reservoir, which is being made in the Wessenden Valley, Marsden, by the Huddersfield Corporation. Mr H. Barber, Town Clerk of Huddersfield, expressed the regret of the Waterworks Committee at the accident. The evidence showed that on Monday, the 8th inst., eight charges of gelanite were pat into eight holes in the face of the rock, and the usual means taken to fire them. All the men engaged in the operation believed that every charge was exploded. Owing to the ice and water falling no one went near the place until Friday of last week, when the deceased and others set to work to remove the debris. The deceased and a man named Reeve were using picks on the face of the rock when suddenly an explosion occurred. Baker was instantly killed by being struck on the head by a large piece of rock. A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.