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Make Sure Tailboard is Open—Coroner

26th August 1955, Page 42
26th August 1955
Page 42
Page 42, 26th August 1955 — Make Sure Tailboard is Open—Coroner
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BIRMINGHAM coroner, Mr. George Billington, said at an inquest last week that the drivers of tipping lorries should ensure that the tailboards were open before depositing their loads. He was conducting an inquest into the death of a man who was killed when his lorry overturned into an excavatiort.

Evidence was given that the driver had engaged the tipping mechanism, but had not fully pushed down the lever operating the tailboard, The tailboard did not open and the lorry overturned.

Mr. Billington concluded that the accident happened because the driver did not get out of his cab to operate the tailboard level'. If he had done so, he would have seen whether the tailboard was open Or not.

At another inquest in Birmingham last week, the jury recommended that. when engaged on tipping work, all lorry drivers should be assisted by mates. Mr. Billington asked that the recommendation should be made known to the operators of a vehicle which had killed a child while reversing to tip its load. He was told that they were now employing mates on tipping work.


APUBLIC transport strike that paralysed Washington for nearly two months ended on Monday evening. A settlement negotiated by the commissioners for the District of Columbia, under powers given them by Congress, provided for wage increases of about Is. id. an hour and certain increases in fares.

The strike led Congress to approve a Bill withdrawing the franchise of the company—Capital Transit Co.—that provides America's capital with what has been described as one of the worst ' public transport systems in the world.


BUS inspectors may soon be work mg as drivers on the Newcastle upon Tyne municipal transport undertaking. The transport committee have suggested this to the Transport and General Workers' Union as a step to overcome the shortage of drivers. If it is agreed.' the inspectors will be paid overtime if they work more than 44 hours a week,


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