Martha Appleton's accident: letter from Inspector of Factories

This is a copy of a letter to William Woods & Son of Wigan - the owners of the factory where Martha Appleton's accident occurred - from Robert Baker, the Inspector of Factories to whom the report on her accident was sent. The inspector somewhat mildly admonishes the factory owners for failing to 'box off' the wheels that injured Martha, and states that they could have been boxed off 'without detriment to the working of the machine'. Although he clearly wants to see a settlement that is equitable to both Martha and her employers, he also seems anxious not to encourage too high a level of compensation.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/6753 (August 1859)

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