HC Deb 20 April 1937 vol 322 c1589
68. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can give the House any information in connection with a crane accident at Messrs. William Ralphs, metal brokers, Grey Mary Lane, Manchester; and whether he is aware that the cable of the crane which broke was defective?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sir John Simon)

This accident, in which one man was injured, was due to the collapse of a hand crane. The crane's mast which was a wooden structure was embedded in a cast iron socket and it seems that the wood at the foot of the mast, below the socket, was rotten. This, and not any defect in a cable, was the cause of the accident.

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