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NEWPORT.

SWANSEA.

BHYNMA WR.

BLAENRHONDDA. |

BLAENAVON.

BRITON FERRY.

BRIDGEND.

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CHEPSTOW.

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FERRYSIDE.

LIANDILO.

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ATAESTEG.

MONMOUTH.

MEKTHYR.

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ST. CLEAR'S.

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TENBY.

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BRKCONSB IRE.

CARMARTHEN.

LLANWONSO SCHOOL nOAHD.

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THE BOILER EXPLOSION AT HI…

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THE BOILER EXPLOSION AT HI R WAIN. Mr. Thomas Williams, the deputy-coroner, with a jury, resumed the inquiry into the circumstances attending tlie death of Morgan Powell, a stoker in the employ of the Aberdare Rhondda Colliery Company, Hirwain, at the Cardiff Arms, Hirwain, on Monday 1.1st, Mr. T. E. Wales, her Majesty's Inspector of Mines, was present. Mr. C. Kenshole (Linton and Kenshole) attended on behalf of the relatives of the deceased. Evan James, engine- driver at the Bute Pit, Hirwain, stated that he was in the lodge at the top of the pit when the explo- sion occurred on the 19th instant. He found the deceased in front, of the boiler, a portion of his I head having been blown off. Witness and the mechanical engineer, Francis Downing, examined the boiler on the 24th of December last, and had reported that it was in working order. They ex- amined it by tapping it with hammer. The plates were thinner in some places than in others, and were worn irregularly. The water had also eaten small holes in it here and there. He declined to state what he considered to be a safe working thickness. By Mr Kenshole: Witness did not examine the boiler in any other way. It was repaired some two years ago, when some new plates were put in. Had seen the remains of the boiler since the explosion, and was of opinion that the explosion occurred in consequence of the thinness of the plates. The pressure of the steam was 40ib. per square inch.— Francis Downing, mechanical engineer, gave similar evidence. The original thickness of the boiler was 3 8thsof an inch. When he examined the boiler in December he should think some of the plates were from 3-10ths to l-4th of an inch. He would not consider a boiler safe if it was less than 3-16ths of an inch. Since the explosion he had observed that some parts of the boiler were 2-16ths of an inch.—By Mr. Wales: The boiler was 36ft. long and 5ft. Sin. in diameter. Never examined it in any other way than by tapping it. Was now of opinion that he ought to have bored.—Bv Mr. Kenshole: He was of opinion that the explosion occurred from the thinness of the plates.—Mr. T. K Wales stated that he had examined the boiler. Its orignal thickness was 3-8ihs of an inch, the working pressure of which would be about 60tt> ana the bursting pressure about 3001bs. Some of the plates were reduced to l-8th, which, if new, was only equal to a reatatenceof from 18lbs. to 201bs., and, therefore. quite unable to stand a pressure of 401bs. The usual mode of examination 13 by striking the plate, and judging of the thickness by the sound, but the value of such examination depended upon the knowledge and experience of the person making ft. The examination made in the present case must, in his opinion, have been made care- lessly, or by an inexperienced person.—The jury after a short deliberation, found that the deceased died from injuries sustained by the explosion which occurred in consequence of tlie thinness df the plates, and suggested that better means of ietfting should be eittpjoyed in future.

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