Fatal Accident in Victoria Avenue 1954
In 1954, a jury returned a verdict of ‘Accidental Death’ on a man who was buried up to his neck in clay while digging a trench in Victoria Avenue, Langdon Hills.
Nine feet six inches deep and two feet six inches wide, the three quarter mile trench for sewerage pipes was just 15 yards from being completed when the accident happened.
The mechanical digger came to an obstruction, a water pipe which ran about two feet from the top. One man was working in the trench below the level of the pipe, shoveling earth into a bucket when the sides of the trench collapsed, trapping him. Frantic attempts were made to release him but he was pronounced dead from asphyxiation, by Dr Goldacre. One other worker was injured.
Addressing the jury, the Coroner said ‘there is at present no regulations applying to this kind of work’, so there is not much one can say about this at this time.