Sheriff-Substitute Buntine and a jury held an inquiry at Stirling yesterday into the death of Peter Slaven, labourer, Kilsyth. Slaven was working at an addition to Kilsyth Burgh Academy, and on the 21st August, while removing some wooden planks from one scaffold to another, he trod upon a rusty nail in one of the planks. The nail penetrated the shoe, and made a wound in Slaven's foot. It was not considered dangerous, and Slaven continued working, but nearly a week afterwards lockjaw developed, and he died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on the 28th. The jury returned a formal verdict.
Glasgow (Scotland) Herald, August 25, 1899.