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George William Rushworth

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George William Rushworth (1873-1940)


1940 Obituary [1]

GEORGE WILLIAM RUSHWORTH specialized in the design and manufacture of cranes. He was born at Colne, Lanes, in 1873, and was educated there from 1878 to 1886. He served his apprenticeship from 1886 to 1893 at the Primet Bridge Foundry of Messrs. Rushworth Brothers, engineers and crane makers, of Colne. During this period he received his technical education at the Colne and Burnley science classes and privately.

In 1893 he became manager of Messrs. Rushworth and in this position he took charge of the construction and erection of all types of cranes, as well as the manufacture of other machinery. In 1904 he was appointed managing director of this company and he held this post until 1911. He then started his own business, although he still maintained his interest in cranes. He invented a safety catch for derrick cranes, the object of which was to improve the safety locking of a crane jib.

Mr. Rushworth was a former Associate Member of the Institution from 1901 to 1912 and was re-elected in 1926. His death occurred on 13th May 1939.


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