DEATH – WILSON Edward. 35 years. Redcar Ironworks
Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 15/06/1877.
THE FATAL ACCIDENT AT REDCAR IRONWORKS
On Wednesday afternoon (13/06), an inquest was held at the house of Mr. Thomas Walker, the Warrenby Hotel, Redcar, before Mr. W. Robinson, deputy coroner for the district, on view of the body of Edward Wilson, 35 years of age, who died the previous day (12/06) from the effects of injuries caused through his falling off in a gantry at Messrs. Robson, Maynard, and Co’s, Redcar Ironworks, where he had been employed as a labourer. The evidence showed that on Tuesday (11/06), at twelve o’clock, deceased was on the top of the gantry, when one of the metal plates gave way, and he fell to the ground, a distance of 34 feet. When picked up, he was found to be very much injured about the law part of the body. He was taken to his home at Warrenby, and Dr. Mackinlay was promptly in attendance, but his services were of no avail, for deceased succumbed to his injuries two hours after the accident. The dimensions of the plate, from which deceased fell were for 4ft x 3 ½ ft., and it rested on a flange 2 inches wide; it had only about half- an-inch play, and the witnesses were unable to conjecture what had caused its fall, only that it might be possibly have got loose during some repairs to the rails adjoining on Monday (10/06). After consult – together, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and asked the Coroner to write to the manager of the works, requesting him to use every precaution to ascertain that such plates are safe in future.