§ 48. Mr. ROWLANDS
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the inquest held at Dartford, on 29th April, into the death of a workman while employed in some gun-cotton works, from the effects of nitric acid fumes; whether he has had a report of the case; and whether the precautions taken are such as to prevent a recurrence?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. McKenna)
I have received a report from the medical inspector of factories who investigated the case and attended the inquest. It appears that the workman had full opportunity of escaping from the fumes, but was unaware of their dangerous nature. The inspector has recommended the issue of instructions to the workmen, and certain other precautions which should prevent a recurrence of any similar accident, and the firm have undertaken to adopt the necessary precautions. The matter will be carefully watched.