Chester, PA Plant Explosion, Mar 1928
TWO MEN ARE KILLED, ONE HURT IN EXPLOSION AT WESTINGHOUSE PLANT.
CHIEF INSPECTOR JOHN T. SNYDER, SWATHMORE, FOREMAN WILLIAM C. COGLEY, PROSPECT PARK, VICTIMS OF TURBINE BLOW-UP -- LIVES BLOTTED OUT DURING TEST OF FINISHED PRODUCT.
Two men were instantly killed and one injured by the explosion of a steam turbine in the erection shop of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing plant at Chester at 8 o'clock this morning. The shop, in which more than 200 men worked, was thrown in a turmoil as the turbine was shattered by a blast which flung the two men to their death.
The dead are WILLIAM G. COGLEY, 50 years old, of 916 Eleventh Avenue, Prospect Park, and JOHN SNYDER, 52 years old, of Rutgers Avenue, Swarthmore.
CLARENDON SOUTHMAYD, 22 years old, of 910 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, was injured. He is in the Taylor Hospital suffering from shock and bruises.
COGLEY was the foreman of the erection shop, while SNYDER was the chief inspector of the section. Both men were veterans in the plant service.
The explosion occurred as the two men were inspecting a steam turbine which had recently been constructed and was ready for shipment.
COGLEY and SNYDER were leaning over a portion of the powerful engine. SOUTHMAYD was standing about twenty feet away, his back turned to the two men.
The entire section was running smoothly with the 200 employes busy at their daily duties.
An explosion startled the assemblage of workers. Turning from their work, they saw a jet of steam rise high in the air and witnessed the two veteran employes lying about fifteen feet from the turbine which was now in shreds of steel.
There was instant confusion and scores of the men ran in every direction. A number ran to pick up the three men.
The plant ambulance was secured and SNYDER and COGLEY were carried out on the stretchers. A physician was called and after an examinationi pronounced the men dead. They were taken to the Griffith morgue at Norwood.
SOUTHMAYD was taken to the Taylor Hospital in an automobile driven by a fellow workman. His condition was not considered serious, and he is believed to be suffering mainly from shock.
SNYDER and COGLEY were well known to a majority of the workers in the Westinghouse plant. They had been employed by the company for nearly a quarter century.
After the victims were taken from the section, the two hundred workers returned to their duties. A number cleaned up the ruins of the turbine.
An investigation of the source of the explosion was immediately begun.
Chester Times Pennsylvania 1928-03-13