HC Deb 11 April 1935 vol 300 cc1319-20
24. Mr. THORNE

asked the Home Secretary whether he has received a report from the factory inspector in connection with the lift accident at the Calico Printers' Association, Oxford Street, Manchester, when the lift crashed from the first floor to the basement and eight persons were injured; whether he can state the cause of the accident; and whether automatic safety devices were attached to the lift?


I have obtained a report on this accident. It was due apparently to the failure of a forged steel strap which formed part of the gear carrying the cage of the hoist. The cause of this failure has not yet been ascertained. The lift was fitted with automatic safety gear, but the circumstances of the accident were such that the gear did not come into action.