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SWANSEA BOY HAULIER. F-KTAL INJURIES FROM CHAFF-CUTTER. IN?PECTO? AND QU.STOJL'i OF SHAFTING. L | 'An inquiry into th £ circurnst'rUK vounding the death of Braiisby John VVii- liams (15), haulier, in the employ of Mr- William Jenkins, and residing with his parents at Tjewyddfu Common, Morriston, was held on Monday afternoon at the Coroner's Court. Mr. Hilditeh (H.M. In- spector of Factories) was .present, and Mr. Edward Harris for the relatives, and Mr. T. C. J. Bull for the employer, also attended. Air. Martin Wutiams (father), a police constable, deposed that on December 23rd his son sustained an accident, telling his father that somehow his clothes got caught in a cbaffcutter. Wm. Jenki,n. 518, Xeath-road, haulier, the employer, said that the boy was em- ployed jointly by himself and his brother, but at the time of the accident was employed by himself. On Saturday, the 23rd ult., witness was chaffcutting, and deceased, of his own accord, helped him; witness caution- ing him not to go near the machine. A minute cr two later he (the employer) heard a shout atid saw the poor lad had got caught in the shafting and was lying on the floor with his clothes badly ripped. By the Coroner There was no need what- ever for the boy to have gone more than the length of a sweeping-brush from the shafting. Tb.e only way that witness could account for the affair was that deceased must have been looking down the hole. By Mr. Hilditeh Didn't this strike you as a particularly dangerous piece of shafting, and that it was very dangeivms for anyone to coiiie up while the machine was running? Witness Well, it has alwv.ys been done oy myself, and if I want anyone to go lip. I tell them to go up before I start. By Mr. Harris Has the boy ever done this work before for you ? Witness: No. I always do it myself. Mr. Hani: I put it to you that he has done it twice or three tones a week, and re- gularly on Saturdays. Witness: Well, if he has. it was never- more than once. Was the chaffcutter fenced, or did you tell the boy to keep away because you knpw it was da.ngerou-- and not giuarded? -I knew it was not fenced, and that wae= why 1 told him to keep away. Dr. Wood (Swansea Hospital) said de- ceased was admitted to the hospital on the 23rd of December with a fractured disloca- tion of the spine. He succumbed on Decem- bar 29th. The Coroner said it was clear that death was due to injuries received. Although this shaft did not come under his supervision, Mr. Hilditeh remarked that a, shaft like this would not be allowed in any factory. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from injuries accidentally received. exon- erating everyone from blame.

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