HC Deb 08 March 1911 vol 22 cc1211-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention had been called to the report of an inquest held last Friday on the body of a man named Richard Richards, of Bradford, who had been employed by Messrs. Campbell and Harrison, woolcombers, of Shipley, a branch establishment of Wool-combers, Limited, at which it was found that the cause of death was anthrax, contracted in the course of his employment; whether, having regard to the fact that the particular form of attack which caused death in this and many other recent cases rarely occurred among woolsorters, although for many years prior to the enforcement of the present woolsorting regulations such cases were frequent in wool-sorting establishments, he would ascertain whether all the precautions now enforced for the protection of woolsorters when they were working with or near dangerous wool were also enforced when similar classes of wool were dealt with in woolcombing establishments; and, if not, what he intended to do in the matter?


I have received a report on this case. The circumstances were unusual, as the disease did not show itself until some time after the deceased had left his employment at these works. The Wool Regulations require that certain precautions to be observed in woolcombing establishments, and these are fully observed at the works. I am also informed that wasted wool only was dealt with in the carding-room in which the deceased worked. The case calls for further inquiry, which shall be made at once.