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DISTRESSING ACCIDENT ATI I THE NEW STEEL WORKS. Î I DEATH OF A LABOURER. 1 An inquest was held on Tuesday by Mr. W. Buckley Roderick, coroner, touching the death of Mr. T. Champion, who came by his death at the new steel works on Monday afternoon. Evidence of identification was given by Mr. Thomas, 9. Spring Gardens, who said that the deceased-who was 37 years of age and a single man—was his step brother. James Williams, sworn, said I reside at Bryn-road, Llanelly, and am a labourer employed at the Llanelly Steel Works, and knew the deceased. He was a fellow workman of mine, and we were engaged upon the same work, On Monday afternoon Thomas Champion and I were engaged with the haulier, William Thomas, at the bottom of the tipping bank, which runs from the Mynydd Mawr Railway into the Llanelly Steel Works. We were filling sleepers into the trams or waggons. There were six sleepers put into the waggon, which was drawn by a horse. The waggon was filled with ashes first of all. Three sleepers were placed on the ashes, and the other three were put on the buffers at the back of the waggon. We then proceed- ed to take the waggon into the steel works which was about 200 yards away. Thomas Champion and I were walking on one side, and the haulier on the other side of the waggon. The waggon had to run down a short dip at one point, and when the waggon commeuced to run down, Thomas Champion tried to jump up on the front buffer. He made three unsuccessful attempts I and on the fourth he fell in front of the waggon or tram with his head on the rails. The front wheel went over his neck, his left foot, and his right arm. He was dragged about a yard. The waggon was stopped and I pulled him out. In my opinion he was then quite dead. There was no brake on the waggon. It was not part of the duty of the deceased to jump on the waggon. In fact he had no business to be there at all. The dip was about 10 yards long. The horse was walking fast, but not running. W. Thomas, sworn, said I reside at Drostre-fach, Llanelly, and am a haulier in the employ of John Davies, a contractor who has horses working at the steelworks. I have beard the evidence given by James Williams, the former witness,and I have bad his state- ment read over to me. I am the William Thomas the haulier referred to thereiu. The evidence of James Williams correctly represents my knowledge of the facts therein stated, and I agree with and corroborate him in every material point. The Jury returned the following verdict: That the cause of death was injuries accidentally sustained by being run over by a railway waggon." FATALITY AT NEVILL'S DOCK. I DEATH OF A SAILOR. I On Monday, the coroner, Mr. Buckley Roderick, conducted an inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Samuel Jones, mate of the Marquess of Bute, who was killed by a fall from a ladder on Saturday night last. Thomas G. Mills, sworn, said: I reside at 6 Toxteth Grove, Liverpool, and am a second engineer on the Marquess of Bute, of the port of Liverpool. I have known deceased, Samuel Joues, for five or six years past. He was in his 50th year. I left the ship Marquess of Bute as she was lyiugjust outside Nevill's Dock at Llanelly on Saturday evening last, between 6 and 7 o'clock in company with the deceased. We went up to the town together. We were together the whole evening until we returned to the ship except between 10 and 11 o'clock, when I left him for au hour. We returned to the Marquess of Bute at about 1 o'clock on Sunday morning. We were both quite sober. The deceased did not have more than three glasses of beer in my company during the evening. We did not return home earlier because it was a fine night, and we wanted to be ashore as long as we could be. The Marquess of Bute was lying alongside the quay wall, outside Nevill's Dock. She had listed off the quay. The side was going out and there would not have been more than six or seven feet of water at the spot. The quay wall was level with the lamp screen of the Marquess of Bute, and a ladder was placed across from the quay to the lamp screen. We were together when we reached the quay, and the deceased went down on his hands and knees, to get along the ladder into the ship. From the quay to the lamp-screen would be about iiine feet. It was very dark and there were no lights about of any sort. I was standing two or three feet away when the deceased got on to the ladder. I turned ronnd and had my back to the deceased just as he started along the ladder. Almost instantly after he started, I heard the deceased shout. When I turned round I saw the end of the latter near me lift up. I heard the ladder fall, and I heard a thud, but could see nothing. I called the deceased by name an 3 asked him if he was hurt, but got no answer, I then, by shouting, got some of the crew up. There was no one on deck when the deceased fell. We looked for the deceased after I got on deck, but could not find any trace of him. The ladder was down between the quay and the ship. We then sent to the police station. The deceased was first mate on board the ship. I heard a struggle in the water after the deceased fell. From what I saw the deceased must have fallen head first. The deceased was a steady man. P.C. Frederick Mellin, sworu, said Hearing of what had happened to the deceased, I went in company with two other constables to search for the body of the deceased. It was about 3.45 a.m. Sunday morning, and about a quarter of an hour later, we found the deceased between the quay wall and the ship. There was very little water there. He appeared to float easily, when I got hold of him with the hook. We then brought the body ashore. The deceased was bleeding freely when I found him. He had a deep cut on the forehead. Dr. Richard Samuel, sworn, said I have seen the body of the deceased to-day. I found an extensive wound on the lefb side of the forehead, extending down, and the skull was very extensively fractured. The nature of the wound and fracture were sufficient to cause death. He would have been rendered uncon- sciou-, at oiice. He could not have had any struggle The fact that the body floated easily when witness Melin got hold of it, goes to show that death was due to the injury and not to the drowning. The deceased must have fallen on to some very hard substance to have suffered such an injury. The Jury returned the following verdict That the cause of death was fracture of the skull accident- ally sustained by a fall off a ladder."

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