HC Deb 26 February 1906 vol 152 c784

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the number of fatal and non-fatal accidents, respectively, which occurred to railway-men due to using or carrying about shunting poles not actually engaged in coupling or uncoupling operations during the year 1905.


In addition to ten cases of accident to railway servants through the improper use of coupling poles as brakesticks, there appear to have been during the year 1905, twenty-one accidents, fortunately none of them fatal, due to the fact that a coupling pole was being used or carried, apart from accidents occurring in the actual operation of coupling or uncoupling.