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The work was labour intensive with little machinery. There were pressures to complete the work on time. Health and safety did not exist in the form that we know of. Accidents, including deaths happened. One was of Dobson, who was killed when he fell off “a stone while it was being raised, to prevent it shaking the scaffolding.” It is best to read the article to get the full impact of the tragedy.


Dobson was 21 or 22 years old a local man. He lived with his mother who was 72 and his sister Emma, 26. His father Thomas died in 1848. They lived in Hampton Wick.


The Surrey Comet has recorded a few accidents and near misses. For example, in the 9 Sep 1854 edition, entitled “A Miraculous Escape”. In the 1st March 1856 edition p19 the Fatal accident at Chelsea Water Works is recorded. Henry Stevens, was hit by a falling scaffold pole and drowned in a well


In the 1854 Surrey Comet article, the writer reports on how the workers pay a few pence a week to support someone who had had an accident and are unable to work.




Fatal Accident Reporthttp://www.thecommunitybrain.org/PDFs/Fatal-Accident-Chelsea.pdf

Miraculous EscapeAccidents_files/Surrey%20Comet%20-%20A%20Miraculous%20escape%209%20March%201854.pdf