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A Fearful Scene.

j\. ' * — ;rr—r ♦; . . A terrible accident, occurred at the Rlverdon Steel Works . of Messrs Vickers/'Sons, and Co,, Sheffield. Vftule thirty laborers were dragging a large oval ladle from the furnace to the T ■ .moulds in the melting house, a part of .thelron grating gave way, and the near i rajls upon which the wagon was running £ feQ -about twelve inches, causing the . Itydle to tilt suddenly to one side. The tip caused 'about ajcwt of 5" titejmolten steel to splash out of the .* fair upon several. .of the castThe: liquid steel-spread all i&und’the tramway, and there was such . acloud of steam that it was at first > difficult the extent of A ’ laborer ‘ was, how/striving to get sut r : y pf..jpame&i ...His clothes. and he was

! iio My injured by the fire. His fellow ran to him, wrapped their coats about him, and saved him from inst:'.: t death, but the doctors gave no hope of 1 .is recovery. As the steam cleared away, another casting-man was observed standing in the midst of the molten steel. In consequence of the great heat it was impossible to reach him at once, and there the man stood for some seconds burning to death, apparently beyond aid. His clothes were entirely destroyed by the fire, and his body was terribly charred. Several attempts were made to rescue him. At length two men laid thick planks across the burning mass of metal, and succeeded in dragging him away. The man was still alive, but the suffering he had undergone had evidently deranged his brain, and he soon died. Another laborer was also frightfully burned on the legs* and was taken to the infirmary.

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A Fearful Scene., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 367, 10 June 1881

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A Fearful Scene. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 367, 10 June 1881