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#623250 - 17th Nov 2011 11:09am Riveters at Lairds
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An old photo of riveters at Cammel Lairds. Notice the lack of Health & Safety equipment. This would have been a very noisy job. Hammering rivets into plate steel. Probably all stone deaf...


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#623260 - 17th Nov 2011 11:34am Re: Riveters at Lairds [Re: pablo42]
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They certainly were all stone deaf and everyone else who worked near them, an occupational hazard for those who worked in a shipyard. I had a uncle who was a riveter and he couldn't hear a bomb going off next to him. When riveting died out and the ships were mostly all welded the riveters were retrained and took on many semi skilled jobs like buffing, grinding and tack welding.
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#623277 - 17th Nov 2011 11:52am Re: Riveters at Lairds [Re: pablo42]
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Nice one Bert. Some of these guys may have been boiler makers. They spent their time inside huge cylinders doing their rivetting. Musta been worse than the Corsas that drive round here with their stereos...

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#623292 - 17th Nov 2011 12:25pm Re: Riveters at Lairds [Re: pablo42]
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My grandad was a boilermaker at Lairds and after he died 1948 there always used to be a visitor from a representative of the Boilermakers calling at xmas who brought a small amount of money for my nan (not Father Christmas bert).
I'm just wondering now if Lairds workers had anything setup to help widows of workers out in those times


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#623343 - 17th Nov 2011 1:55pm Re: Riveters at Lairds [Re: derekdwc]
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It was the Boilermakers Union Derek that paid out the Christmas money, my auntie used to get it, wife of the riveter I referred to earlier. The union later became the Amalgamated society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights and ancillary workers. I'm not sure when the practise stopped but I'm sure it has, it was 5 if memory serves me right.
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#623344 - 17th Nov 2011 1:57pm Re: Riveters at Lairds [Re: pablo42]
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wow that is a great photo, 1 of the wonders of the Wirral that place is
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#623643 - 17th Nov 2011 7:49pm Re: Riveters at Lairds [Re: HistoricalTony]
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Wasn't the deafness called "Boiler maker's ear"?

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#623658 - 17th Nov 2011 8:16pm Re: Riveters at Lairds [Re: pablo42]
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Nice bits of info there guys

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