The small Welsh town of Ferndale lies in the Rhondda Valley and is historically linked with the mining industry. You may find it difficult to find an accident solicitor in Ferndale, but you don’t need to look locally – we provide an exceptional national service.
By the 1880s the Ferndale pits had attracted so many people looking for work that Ferndale village became a town proper and was the first settlement to be extensively industrialised in the valley.
Sadly, the town was not to be spared serious mining accidents, for two colliery disasters befell Ferndale in 1867 and 1869.
The first serious accident happened on 8th November 1867, when 178 coal miners were killed in an underground explosion. Less than two years later, on 10th June 1869, another explosion killed a further 53 miners, a devastating blow for such a small and tight-knit community as Ferndale.
Underground explosions were a fairly common occurrence because the miners had to use candlelit lamps in an environment filled with fire damp, which could be ignited by the smallest spark. While such large scale disasters with their fatalities and multiple injured parties attracted widespread publicity at the time and a call for better legislation to protect minors, every-day accidents that involved only one or a handful of miners hardly ever featured in the Victorian press.
Accidents like the one that killed John Gilchrist in a mine located in Hamilton would have also been known at Ferndale. Mr Gilchrist and two other men, who were also injured, were lowering the pump rods with the crane in order to change the sucker or basket. On their way down the rods got caught on something. As a result, the pressure was suddenly less on the handles of the crane and they started spinning unexpectedly, catching Mr Gilchrist and knocking him off his feet. He was struck repeatedly, injuring his shoulder, breaking one of his legs and several of his ribs in the process. Although he was attended by a doctor, he died just a few days later. In an era with few hospitals any broken bone could kill.
Ferndale’s families would have been left destitute after the two colliery disasters, since there was no concept of employers paying compensation. Thankfully, this is not the case today, and Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if you do need to find an accident solicitor in Ferndale.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Ferndale?
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993. Lines are available 24/7 and a friendly advisor will tell you if you qualify and how much compensation an accident solicitor in Ferndale or other specialist solicitor might be able to win on your behalf.
Date Published: 1st August 2013