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1871. Flanging machine designed by David Hanson.

1871 Description of a machine designed by David Hanson for hot forming flanges on boilers. The illustration shows a machine constructed by William Muir and Co of Manchester for Hawksley, Wild and Co, of Brightside Boiler Works, Sheffield. Another machine had been in use at S. Bailey's Hyde Junction Ironworks (this should be Thomas Beeley and Son, where Hanson was a foreman).[1]

1871 'FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE NEWTON WOOD IRONWORKS — On Monday afternoon an inquest was held at Mr. James Horsfield's, the Cotton Tree Inn, Newton, before Mr. W. Johnson, touching the death of David Hanson, who had sustained such injuries at the abovenamed works on the previous Saturday that he died on Sunday evening. The first witness called was Elizabeth Hanson, who said: The deceased, David Hanson, was my husband, and was foreman boilermaker at Newton Wood Ironworks. He lived at Johnson Brook, Dukinfield, and was 41 years of age. On Saturday last, about half-past twelve at noon, he met with an accident, and was brought home. Dr. Brierley, of Stalybridge, afterwards attended him, but he died about 25 minutes to six on Sunday evening. He was sensible up to his death ; be said it had occurred accidentally, and did not attach blame to anyone.— John Sedgwick: I drive a travelling crane at Hyde Junction Ironworks. The deceased was foreman there. At half-past twelve at noon on Saturday and the deceased and others were loading on to a lorry a boiler with a dome to it, weighing about two tons. The boiler had just got eased from the packing, when the dome gave a jerk, swung the boiler off the packings towards the deceased, and jammed him against another boiler which was behind him. I immediately reversed the motion, the deceased was released, and he walked into the office. He was put on a sofa in a house next to the works; he complained of being hurt in the belly. He was shortly afterwards carried home on the sofa.— Mr. Beeley, the proprietor of the works, was present and said deceased was directing the buckling of a chain round a boiler at the time, and he had it slung in the centre. He ordered the man who drove the crane to work it towards him (deceased). He did so, and it released the boiler from the packings. The boiler swung towards him, and crushed him against another boiler which was behind him. Three doctors attended him, and they supposed that his loose or lower ribs had been forced into his liver. - Coroner: That would cause internal haemorrhage. He appears to have lost a deal of blood, which will be in the cavity of the stomach.— Mr. Beeley: He had five children, and the eldest started working only last week. Some of the men said be appeared to be agitated, and did not seem to be aware of the danger he was in. He wanted to get the dome of the boiler to the bottom, but said he could not make the men understand him. He has been accustomed to this kind of work nearly all his life, and has always been very careful. — The verdict of the jury was "Accidental death."

'Wednesday afternoon wee appointed for the internment of the remains of the deceased, and the proprietors of the various ironworks in the neighbourhood had ordered their works to be closed for the time being, in order that any of the workmen who thought proper might attend the funeral, and thus pay a last tribute of respect to him. .....'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] The Engineer, 17 March 1871
  2. Hyde & Glossop Weekly News, and North Cheshire Herald - Saturday 14 October 1871