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Perabrcy Fatality 4k- VERDICT OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH. I 1 \r Á' __LL.É\ l-1 jJLlí. Mr, \Y. W. Brodie conducted an in- quest at Capel Als Schoolroom on Thurs- day, concerning the death of Thomas Mark Kenhope (oG), 13, Ed wards street, Swansea, a fitter's labourer, employed at a Pembrey factory.. Charles Roberts, 5, Glanmor terrace, Burry Port, said the deceased who was a labourer, was following his employment on the 18th inst. At about 4.30 p.m., deceased tame to him and asked for a ladder to replace a belt on the pulley for the purpose of connecting the grindstone At the time the ladder was in the fitting shop, and before the deceased took it witness told him "You had better stop the motor." Deceased replied that he could replace the belt without stopping the motor. He then took the ladder and placed it against the shaft close to the pulley which was about 10ft. from the ground. The deceased then climbed up the ladder and catching hold of the belt he placed it on the pulley, but he could net keep it there as the shaft was turn- i n ing. The Coroner: What happened then ? Witness: He tried several times, and suddenly his arm was caught and he went round with the pulley. Continuing, witness said he went to stop the motor, but before doing so rushed back to the deceased whose left arm had been wrenched from its socket. The doctor was sent for, and previous to his arrival first aid was rendered. I The Coroner: Is there any guard on the pulley ?—No sir. I When it is necessary to replace the belt on the pulley is it usual to stop the motor first ?—Yes sir. And you are quite sure that you ad- vised the deceased to take that course | before putting the belt on ?-Yes, quite sure. j The Inspector Do you say that he got entangled in the belt or in the shaft P— That I cannot say. When j'CU advised him to stop the motor did you do &0 on your own respon- iii(,tor did i-,oti dd ,instructed to sibility, or had you be? .instructe d to do so -Tjiat is the rule. | Had you beeil given such instructions verbally or otherwise ?—Yes, by the foreman. Martin H. Richmond, foreman fitter, said he passed the deceased at about 4.30 p.m. At the moment the deceased, who was not doing anything, said "I am trimming up the stone as it has gone too bad to gïincl." He added that each time the cutwi- iN-en,, alaiiist a lump the strap came off, and witness told him to get a ladder to place against the shaft as this would be handier to replace the belt. Doe eased then said "I see; then I could put the belt on without stopping the niotol-, c-OuIL,'i-it I ?" Witness re- plied "No, don't get up the ladder whilst the motor is running. After you have Imt the ladder, let it stand until I come back. I will put the strap on myself." ) Witness then continued on his way to the office intending to return shortly for the purpose of putting the strap on him- self. About three minutes later he heard a noise in the shop and saw the deceased falling to the floor. The Coroner: Do you think he had got entangled in the belt or in the shaft In the belt. Had he been putting the belt on be- fore ?— Yes. Had he been told that before doing so the motor must be stopped ?— No sir, '41-lie sliop, aid it is but it is the rule in the shop, an d it is always carried out. Is the rule printed ana PO:ILCLI <.P .— It is in the rules, and every man is sup- plied with a copy. I How long had the deceased been work- in the fitting shop P—To my knowledge, over four months. How many years' experience have yon 2 S ycai-s. had in a fitting :hüp ?-:28 years. Have you seen a contrivance for re- placing a belt C's, when the machinery is running, but not when it is at a standstll. Dr. Sam Williams said he saw the de- I ceased at the Hospital on Tuesday even- ing. Deceased, who was suffering from shock, had a scalp wound, and the left forearm had been torn :wa\. The left leg; was also fractured. He died at 11 p.m., the cause of death being shock. A Juror: I have been working where there are straps for 40 years, and I say it would be impossible for us to get a living if we had to stop the machinery efery time a strap had to be replaced on a pulley. I A Wit Ties s described how the strap was I usually replaced, and said that when the ( machinery was at a standstill it wa ø I one-man-job. A Juror: As far as I can sie it would he a difficiiii job. A verdict of accidental death was re- turned.

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