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Fatality at the Royal Albert Docks

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Fatality at the Royal Albert Docks

Post by Karen on Fri 29 Jul 2011 - 10:31


Yesterday Mr. Wynne E. Baxter held an inquest at the Poplar Town hall on the body of William Cross, aged 26, a stevedore, lately living at 11, Coolfin-road, Canningtown, who died on Wednesday last from injuries received while at work on the ss. Torabar in the Royal Albert docks. Robert Macgregor, a stevedore, in the employ of the British India company, stated that he and deceased with others were at work in the Torabar on Tuesday last at five p.m. putting on the hatches. Deceased and a man named Keith were standing on the hatches when (he could not say how) the fore and aft beam came out of its position, and the men were thrown into the hold, a distance of over 30ft. They were got out as quickly as possible, and conveyed to Poplar hospital, where he died. John Carr, another stevedore, said the crane was out of order, and this was not the first time that the lever had shifted. He had reported to the foreman and others that the crane was out of order three months previously. Mr. Sussex, on behalf of the British India company, here stated that the whole affair was caused by the driver of the crane letting go the lever. The witness Carr, however, said that it was impossible for him to turn the pressure off without leaving go his hold of the lever, and the Coroner told Mr. Sussex that he could not allow him to make such an assertion as he had done. Carr further went on to say that since the accident a long rope strap had been fastened to the chain, so that it could be unhooked from the desk. The foreman remarked that had this been done before the man's life would in all probability have been saved. The jury returned a verdict to the effect "That the deceased met his death through a fall into the hold of the ship, and that such accident was caused by the working of a defective crane."

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, November 18, 1888, Page 12

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