HC Deb 04 February 1913 vol 47 c1989

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that slate-sawing machines used in slate quarries are still unfenced; and will he again draw the attention of the inspectors to the non-observance of the law in the matter?


Instructions have been given to the inspector to enforce the fencing of slate dressing machines, but I understand that, though suitable guards have been invented, they have not yet been placed on the market, and it is therefore necessary to give owners a reasonable period of grace. As regards slate-sawing machines, I am informed that the shafts, pulleys and straps, are fenced, but not the saw itself, as no practicable method of guarding it has yet been devised.