Scott was killed in the course of his work in erecting the new State Battery about four miles from Sandstone. He was carrying out the work under contract with the Mines Department. Mr. Scott and about half-a-dozen workmen were engaged in hoisting to the perpendicular, a 40 feet iron chimney stack weighing about three tons, when by some means the stack moved from its base, striking him across the lower part of the body, crushing both thighs and his right hip, and inflicting other injuries on the lower part of the body. The unfortunate man was released, as speedily as possible, and Dr. Stead was immediately sent for. However, Mr Scott was beyond medical aid and he expired just after Dr. Stead arrived.
An inquest into the accident and death was opened Wednesday afternoon, following the death that morning. After the jury had viewed the body, the inquest was adjourned to the Friday of that week.
The deceased left an intestate estate of £90.
Death Certificate:21/1908, Black Range
State Records Office: AU WA S2323- cons5800 1908/251 Title SCOTT, John - contractor of Sandstone (d.21/10/1908) Date(s) 1908-11-11 - (Accumulation) Intestate File
Comments:The date of death appears in the Sandstone Burial Register as 21 November and the burial as 25 November. In view of the newspaper printed 23 October, the November dates are deemed to have been a typographical error.