NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
AUCKLAND SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSE
WEDNESDAY 01 FEBRUARY 1922
From - Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 26, 1 February 1922, Page 5 and Inquiry - Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 33, 9 February 1922, Page 7 - Widow seeks new trial - New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18124, 23 June 1922, Page 9
A distressing tragedy involving the death of four men, occurred just before two o'clock in Endean's Buildings, at the foot of Queen Street. The four men were painting the inside of the five-storeyed building, near the liftwell, and were standing on a scaffolding near the top, when, without an instant's warning, a crash occurred. One of the heavy supporting beams had broken, and the men were precipitated to instant death on the tiled flooring, about seventy feet below.
George BURROWS, another painter, who had been on the platform a few minutes previously, states that he had returned to the floor of the fifth storey, and was near when the accident occurred. There was, he states, no warning, a loud crash, of rending timbers being the first intimation, and the men were immediately hurled downwards. The plank which, broke and caused the tragedy was of Oregon 6x4. An examination afterwards showed that there had been a large knot where the break occurred. The platform, after the accident, was still suspended by one end from the plank that had remained intact.
VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY.
The addresses of the four victims of the tragedy were: -
Donald CAMPBELL, 39 years, School Road, Morningside.
Charles COURTNEY [COURTENAY], 51 years, St. Michael's Avenue, Point Chevalier.
George William JONES, 28 years, 13 Lower Vincent Street.
Walter Bramwell MOORE, 40 years, 86 Norfolk St, Ponsonby.
Courtney [sic]is a well known painter, who was 16 years in charge of the painting at the Asylum at Avondale. He was foreman for Henderson's. He is a widower, with several children.
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