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Workers killed at work (builders)

Categories: Property, Tragedy

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The thousands of building workers who have lost their lives at work.

Researching one of these terrible events reminded us that we have found other memorials to people who died in 'accidents' at work. We don't like the word 'accident', since it suggests that nothing could have been done to prevent the death and that is seldom true. We've put together a list of these memorials to deaths at work (many but not all, building workers). To keep it manageable we have excluded: those serving in the emergency services, those killed in terrorist attacks or by war-time bombs, and those killed in rail crashes or on the road.

1853 - ten workmen killed at the Sydenham Crystal Palace construction site.

1877 - six crew members killed during the voyage bringing Cleopatra's Needle to London.

1895 - four men killed at the sewage pumping works, East Ham (Postman's Park).

1899 - one man killed in a boiler explosion at a Battersea sugar refinery (Postman's Park).

1899 - one stewardess drowned (Postman's Park).

1901 - three workmen poisoned by gas at a Stratford distillery ((Postman's Park).

1912 - about 900 crew members lost on the Titanic.

1917 - 73 people were killed in the Silvertown explosion, at a factory producing TNT for the war.

1969 - one demolition worker killed in the Dudgeon's Wharf explosion.

1975 - two engineers killed trying to rescue a third who also died, at Watneys' Mortlake Brewery.

1979 - four men involved in the design of Burgess Park killed in an air crash near Biggin Hill (not certain this was work-related).

1990 - three men killed by the gases in a sewer in Commercial Road.

2000 - three men killed in a construction crane at Canary Wharf.

The death toll at each of the events recorded on plaques in Postman's Park may be higher, but the plaques do not mention deaths of any except those attempting rescue.

In 2006 the statue to the thousands of building workers who have lost their lives at work was erected.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Workers killed at work (builders)

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Ainsworth & Sharp

We could find nothing about this incident, until we asked Richmond Council's ...

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Burgess, Clark and Whittard

In memory of Martin Burgess, Peter Clark and Michael Whittard, who died on 21...

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Burgess Park designers - 1979 air crash

Geoffrey Mills was the pilot - see his page for more details. Our information...

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Cleopatra's needle - crew members lost

{A list of 6 names, oddly not in alphabetical sequence - see Subjects commemo...

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Crystal Palace workmen's grave

Twelve workmen were killed, but we are unable to find out where the other two...

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F. & F. J. Wood
1 memorial
Northumberland House - Charing Cross

Northumberland House - Charing Cross

Sited just to the east of Charing Cross and Nelson's column, where Northumberland Avenue and Waterstones now (2024) are, the picture source, Wikipedia, has a very useful map, but there we also read...

Building, Property

1 memorial
Tyburn Turnpike House

Tyburn Turnpike House

This toll gate is thought to have stood about where Marble Arch now stands.

Building, Commerce, Property, Transport

1 memorial
Martin King

Martin King

Martin King was a company director, killed in the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster. Andrew Behan has kindly carried out further research: Martin Gary King was born on 9 August 1958. He was a company di...

Person, Property, Tragedy

1 memorial
Red Lion House

Red Lion House

Spitalfields Life, our picture source, says: "Becoming the Red Lion Tavern after his {Culpeper's} death, the building was demolished in the eighteen-forties as part of road widening when Commercial...

Building, Property

1 memorial