HC Deb 25 May 1908 vol 189 c717

To ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the provisions of the Factories and Workshops Act as regards docks and wharves is being contravened at Deptford Victualling Yard, as at no part of the wharf is there any protection provided by rail or otherwise to prevent workmen falling into the river; and if he will have the provisions of the Act thereon carried into effect in that yard.

(Answered by Mr. McKenna.) The statutory rules and orders under the Factories and Workshops Act require that all brakes, dangerous corners, and other dangerous parts of edges of a dock, wharf, or quay, shall, as far as is practicable, having regard to the traffic and working, be securely fenced so that the height of the fences shall be not less than 2 feet 6 inches. The parts of the wharf at Deptford which are thus required to be fenced are specially protected by chains and stanchions 3 feet 6 inches high.