As part of the June 2021 focus on Health and Safety the HCSW project team would like to ask for anyone with Health and Safety documents relating the works , names of any Health and Safety reps + of course any of memories/stories of health & safety
What Health and Safety measures were part of the induction and apprentiships?
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My song, Crookhall, (link below) has been getting a few plays on SoundCloud over the weekend.
It tells of a disaster at the iron works back in 1847.
At the time the papers often didn’t bother giving the names of ordinary people so, ten years or so ago, I wrote to the county registrar at Bishop Auckland, to say that I’d like to buy the death certs of the 6 who died in order to discover their names (it would have cost quite a few quid, but I had a bee in my bonnet about it).
I was able to give the date & location of the deaths, that they would have been violent deaths, caused by an explosion & that the informant would have been the county coroner.
Imagine my astonishment when I received a reply saying that they could not trace death certificates if names were unknown! Despite appealing using the council’s complaints procedure I’m still none the wiser. If anyone has any contacts at the records office, or on the council …
Be good to help Michael solve this mystery please do comment or email the HCSW project team if you have any information or suggestions
There was a rigger at the Blast called Topper Robson. Imagine the top level of the furnace with what were referred to as the goal posts on top.He thought nothing of going up a wooden ladder with a sling and chain block over his shoulder, climbing into the crossbar, walking along it, wrapping the sling around then hooking the chain block to the sling.
If you know of Topper Robson or any family in the area we would like to learn more about him please comment or email the project team