About 25,000 new entries are added to this spreadsheet database accessible through railwayaccidents.port.ac.uk
Check it out if a railway worker in your family tree in Britain and Ireland was involved in an accident from the late 1880s to 1939.
The sheet contains details of 20,963 railway worker accidents investigated by the state, 1900 – 15 and 1921 – 1939. There are 6,515 Union Death Claims, 1889 – 1919; 3,437 Union Disablement Claims, 1889 – 1920; 1.241 Union Fatal Compensataion Claims, 1889 – 1920; 1,329 Union Inquests, 1908 – 1920; 7,172 non-Fatal Compensation Claims, 1889 – 1919; Union Orphan Fund Claims, 1888 – 1919; 2.472 ASRS Legal Claims, 1901 – 1905: and 641 Claims to the GER Benevolent Fund, 1913 – 1923.
Here’s an example of an entry unlikely to have been passed along as a family story.
1903 Jan 10
Great Eastern Railway
Little finger of left hand injured
Caught between vehicles
Engine and 5 carriages being coupled. While carriages at rest Annison climbed on 3rd carriage to remove the side and tail lamps. Shunter needed engine to steady back in order to couple carriages just at time Annison was alighting from carriage. His little finger got between the buffers.
William Mowser, shunter
Annison knew carriages would be standing at platform for 6 hours, therefore there had been no need to climb on carriage when he did.
Mishap due to his own want of caution.
J J Hornby
Returns of Accidents and Casualties as reported to the Board of Trade by the several railway companies in the United Kingdom during the three months ending 31 March 1903 Appendix C. Reports of Sub-Inspectors A Ford and JJ Hornby on accidents to Railway Servants and other Persons employed on railway premises Cd.1687 1903 Mar 31 116