Incident directory

1950 - Mayoh & Co Pickles, Salford

24/09/1950

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Description

Date of event

24th September 1950.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premises

Mayoh & Co Pickles.

Location

Ford Lane, Salford.

Service area

City of Salford Fire Brigade (CSFB) now Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire and subsequent electrocution.

Property type

Unknown at this time.

Premises use

Commercial.

Construction type and materials

Unknown at this time.

Occupancy

Unknown at this time.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A Divisional Officer (DO) was killed when he was electrocuted at a fire incident (House & Settle et al, 2017).

The DO was electrocuted while the crews were carrying out salvage work ‘after a small fire at a pickle factory’. ‘The roof was well alight when the brigade arrived, but the firemen put it out in 20 minutes and then started salvage work’. Unknown author, 1950 also stated ‘A fellow officer said last night we knew there were live wires down there but the work had to be done – we often have case like that’ (Unknown author, 1950).

Unknown author 2, 1950 stated that at an inquest there was question about whether the main switches were on or off. The Chief Fire Officer (CFO) had stated ‘a number of men received minor shocks, but he later heard someone say “the current is switched off”’. The CFO had also stated that a Policewoman had ‘tried to drag Mr. Hartley (the DO) free from wire he was clutching’. ‘She pulled at his boot, but it came off’. ‘Firemen finally severed wire with axe’ (Unknown author 2, 1950).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

None produced at this time.

Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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Greater Manchester Police Incident Report/s

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North West Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

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Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2016). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance [online]. Available at. http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler  [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note. With the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Unknown author. (1950). He took path of danger – killed. Daily Herald. (September 25th). Unknown page number. Courtesy of Bob Bonner and the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.

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Unknown author. (1950). Inquest on fire deputy. Manchester Evening News. (September 26th). Unknown page number. Courtesy of Bob Bonner and the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.

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Service learning material

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Videos available

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