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Accident, Earl's Court Exhibition

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can give any information in connection with the accident at Earl's Court Exhibition, on Wednesday, 15th March, when two men were crushed to death; and whether he can state the cause of the accident?

My right hon. Friend understands that an excavation had been made for the purpose of underpinning a concrete base carrying a steel stanchion. The lower part of the concrete base parted and fell on the only workman who was working in the excavation. I regret to say that this man was killed. Two other men were treated for shock. The inquest is being opened to-day and it is not possible at present to make any further statement as to the cause of the accident.