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Gadd & Hill of Regent Ironworks, Salford
Newspaper report: 'Fatal Accident from the Breaking of a Grindstone — On Monday, Mr. Rutter, county coroner, held an inquest at the Bridge Inn, Salford, on the body of Joseph Almond, aged 32, a grinder, in the employ of Messrs. Gadd and Hill, engineers and machinists, Regent works, Salford. About half past seven o'clock the same morning, the deceased was sitting on the horse tree at a new grind-stone, preparing to grind key. He had hardly taken his seat, however, when the stone broke with a loud report, into four pieces, one of which struck the deceased and drove him up to the ceiling of the room, and he immediately fell down dead on the floor. A fellow workman named Young, who witnessed the accident, immediately rushed to his assistance, but he found that his head had been cut open, and that he was quite dead. The stone, which was propelled by a small steam engine, was 6 feet in diameter, 11 inches broad, and weighed 37 cwt. At the time the accident occurred it was rolling at the rate of 200 revolutions a minute, which was considerably under its ordinary speed. Mr. Hill, one of the firm, had been examining the stone just before the accident occurred, and had he remained a minute longer, no doubt he would have shared the same fate as the deceased. It is supposed that there must have been some imperfection in the stone, or that the frost of the previous night had had some effect upon it. The deceased has left a wife, but no children. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, and acquitted the proprietors of the establishment of any blame whatever.'