§ MR WILLIAM JONES (Carnarvon, Arfon)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that on the 28th of April last, a workman at the Penrhyn Quarry fell down a shaft and died from the effects of the accident; and, having regard to the fact that the attention of the chief manager had been called some time back to the state of the shaft, also that the attention of the present acting manager had been called to it on the 24th February last.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. RITCHIE, Croydon)
The facts of the case differ in one or two details from the terms of the Question. The workman did not fall down the shaft, but, when working at the bottom of it, fell down the sump, ten feet deep. The inspector had recommended the erection of fencing at the bottom of the shaft; and, though this is not required by the Quarries Act, the owners had partly erected the fencing, and were about to complete it, when the accident occurred. The inspector reports that the managers were not guilty of negligence, and that no proceedings can be taken.