machinebeltsBrooklyn Union Argus, Jan. 15, 1878, p.1

John MEEHAN, nineteen years of age, of 183 North First street, was instantly killed this morning at Merrill’s blacksmith shop and foundry, South Eleventh and First streets. While on a stepladder shifting a trip hammer belt his apron caught in the belt and he was taken up to the ceiling and his brains were dashed out. Deceased’s employers say he was frequently warned not to wear his apron when shifting the belt.


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