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AllRAG-ELL. ADJOURNED INQUEST.—On Wednesday Mr W. R. Davies held an adjourned inquest on the body of Richard Edwards,.agerl thirty,thle years, of Ivy Bush, who met his de-th owing to injuries received while working at the sgamdda Quarry on 1st July.—Mr John Rowlands, Machynlleth, repre- sentf(I the Quarry Company.—The tirst witness called was Robert Lewis who worked with de- ceased. He said they were loading stones by means of a crane. The stone had been lowered on to the tram and they were abcut to shift it, as it was too much on one side. Deceased was standing in front of the crane. Witness said the handle struck de ceased and he fell down. He was severely struck on the forehead and was unconscious for a time, but recovered Donsciousness. He was then taken home.—Mr O. R. Jones, assistant inspector of mines, questioned the witness as to the special rules which witness replied he had not read carefully. There was a brake and a catch on the crane. The catch was not down when the accident happened. The rules are printed in English and Welsh.—Evan Jones of Winllan said he worked with deceased and others on the day of the accident. They had raised the stone on to the tram. Witness was going to assist deceased when he saw the handle go round and deceased fall. It was about 1-30 or 2 p.m. Deceased was used to working with the crane. Witness could not say whether the catch was down or not. He corroborated previous wit- ness as. to the rules and said that he also had never read them carefully.-In answer to the Inspector, witness said that Mr E. H. Davies and Mr Robert Davies were about each day.—Mr 0. R. Jones, the iDspeator of mines, gave evidence that he knew the quarry well and had visited it the previous day. He examined the crane and found it efficient. There was a brake and a catch on it and, in wit- ness's opinion, it was perfectly safe. If the catch had been put down, it would have been impossible for the handle to reverse. Witness tested the crane and found everything in accordance with the rules.—In reply to a question by one of the jurors, witness said the slack of the ehain would be very heavy. -Mr E. H. Davies gave evidence of having pHt the rules up in the shed and that he had called the attention of the men to them and told them they might read the rules during working hours.— The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death and that there was DO blame attached to anybody. ADJOURNED INQUEST.—An adjourned inquest was held by Mr W. R. Davies ou Wednesday, toucning the death of Richard Roberts, aged fifty-five years, who was killed by a fall of rock at the Hendreddu Quarry on the ISth August. Mr Rowlands appeared for the Quarry Company. Mr 0. R. Jones, in- spector of mines, was also present. Mr E. H. Davies, acted as foreman-Mr Richard Jones, the under manager of the quarry, said he was at the quarry when the accident took place. Deceased was a miner and was driving the level. They had a fall of rock down on the previous day and witness told the men not to go to work to one particular spot until he had examined it. Witness did not see the accident, but was informed of it. When the body was recovered death had taken place. In answer to the Inspector, witness said he was at the level at seven. Deceased and his partner did L not commence work until eight. Witness naa toia them to clear the loose stones. He did not notice that a hole had been drilled. Witness was ques- tioned as to their mode of working and said he considered the joints safer than if they had to roof it.—In answer to the Foreman, witness said that when the body was found deceased had a candle in his hand and his tools were alongside. Deceased w as an experienced workman and appeared to be a careful Inan.-In answer to Mr Rowlands, when the body was found deceased's face was towards the level and his back to the rock.—David Williams of Darowen said he worked with deceased when the accident happened. Thay had had so.ne stones down on the previous day. They commenced dril- ling each a hole. Deceased was at the furthest end of the level and witness close by. Deceased was anxious to finish drilling the hole which he had commenced the previous day.. Witness told him he thought they had plenty to do to clear what they had already taken down and told the 1, ceased so. Deceased was abrut to come away fr m the spot and had picked his tools np when the rock cam down upon him. A itness did not expect the fall and did not consider the place dangerous. He had tested the rock in the usual way with a ham- mer By Mr Rowlands When deceased raught his tools up he said What is there ?' Witmss heard a few small stones falling and immediately the rock fell. They had been blasting with black powder. — David Thomas, who was working close by, corroborated previous witness and said lie con- sidered the way In which the quarry w"Q being worked much safer than any other way. He had never seen reek faU like that without any w irniug. Dr D. W. Morris said he was called to the quarry where he fouud deceased under snme stones and (luit., dead. He examined the body and found severe iiijuriep. Death must have been instantane- ous —A verdict of accidental death was returned, no blame being attached to anyone.



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