Thomas Barnes of Stephenson Street, Horwich, started work at the forge at 6am on the morning of 14 July 1898.

By 1901 the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company's Horwich Locomotive Works covered a total area of 116 acres - this is equivalent to over 100 football pitches. The works had its own railway system including over 7 miles of track. Thousands of steam locomotives and tanks were built here between 1887 and 1952.

This accident register demonstrates the wide range of jobs undertaken and the dangers this involved. Accidents include crushed fingers, burns, concussions, eye and back injuries. It also reveals a lot about the workers, for example how the injury occurred, how many hours they had worked that day before the injury took place, and when they returned to work.

Most workers are back to work within a couple of weeks. But on page 24 you can read about Thomas Barnes of Stephenson Street, Horwich.

Thomas started work at the forge at 6am on the morning of 14 July 1898. Two hours into his shift that day, Thomas was badly injured. Visit Archives+ to find out what happened to Thomas that day.

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