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11 BIG WHEEL FATALITY.

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11 BIG WHEEL FATALITY. At the Kensington Coroner's Court an inquest 'Was held on the body of George Cremer, 29 years, a labourer, employed by Messrs. Cohen, contractors, in the demolition of the big wheel at Earl's Court. During a gale of wind, an iron pin used for fastening a shackle dropped from the end of a steam crane, a distance of 250ft., on to Cremer's head while he was cut- ting some ironwork on the ground below. He was taken to the Kensington General Hos- pital, where he died from a fracture of the skull. It was given in evidence that a foreman named Mandell was paid a special wage to see that the pins were properly screwed into the shackle before being hoisted, and also that it Was formerly the custom to move the ironwork clear of the demolition area to prevent any ■such accident. One witness said that bolts, spanners, ham- pers, etc., were constantly being drowned from a height. Mandell admitted that on. the occa- sion he sent three shackles up by the crane and only examined one of the pins before doing so. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death," and added a rider censuring Mandell for not properly carrying out the duties en- trusted to him, and hoping the contractors Would take some steps to remove all workmen from the danger area. Mr. William Andrews, the engineer, said this was the first fatal acci- dent that had occurred. The contractors would In future take every precaution to prevent such all accident occurring.

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