HC Deb 30 June 1904 vol 137 c143
MR. TENNANT (Berwickshire)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the death of a workman named Richard Drummond, which took place on Saturday, 11th June, at the works of Messrs. Jos. Cook and Sons, at Washington Station, through his clothes being caught by the shafting of an engine; and whether he has given instructions for the more efficient fencing of this shafting.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) My attention had not been drawn to this case, and I do not gather from the Question that the accident, though most regrettable, possessed any exceptional features. I have no doubt I that the inspector, in the ordinary course, on receiving the report of the accident, inquired into the circumstances and took such steps with regard to the fencing of the machinery or otherwise as were necessary. I will call for a report and verify this.