Burial Date January 3, 1940
(as published in the Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 – 1954) | Wed 3 Jan 1940 | Page 1 )
YOUNG GREEK KILLED AT SMELTERS
Half an hour after work had been resumed on the construction of the new Dwight-Lioyd building at the Smelters after a holiday recess since December 21 a man was killed yesterday morning. He was Leonardos Halas, 26-year-old native of Greece, who had been in South Australia about 18 months. Halas fell from a crane track near the top of the building through a handrail and against steel girders to land on a wooden staging 23 ft. below.
He was dead when a doctor arrived. EMPLOYES of Johns and Way-good Limited, of South Melbourne, contractors for the erection of the new plant, returned to work at 7.30 a.m. yesterday after more than a Week’s holiday. The accident occurred about 8 a.m. and the men ceased work for the day.
The dead man was a rigger. He had been working on the D. & L. job for two months. The young Greek was single. His parents are still living on the island of Andros, where he was born. In Pirie he had been living at the Pantheon Club. Before coming to Australia he was a seafarer.
During his fall Halas struck his chest against a steel girder. An ear was also practically severed. He was working on the southern side of the construction In the middle section. Messrs. J. Lynch and S. Swayne were within a few feet of him at the time and saw him fall, but were unable to help.
As it did he straightened up, overbalanced, and went over,” said Mr. Lynch, who was only 3 ft. away. An annexe for a smoke stack and motors is to be added to the southern wall of the Plant, and it was stated that Halas was unhitching a snatch block from the upright column preparatory to lifting the jib to a higher level for the annexe. He was leaning round the column when the crane moved.
Halas was standing on a narrow track which carries the electric crane along the construction. He was about a foot inside the edge of the building and fell into it. The wooden staging on which he landed was about 4 or 5 ft. below the steel girder on which he struck his chest. Smeltermen were working on the staging at the time.
The spot where Halas was working is about 62 ft. above ground level.
His body was left on the staging until the arrival of a doctor. The medical practitioner pronounced life extinct and the body was tied on a stretcher to be carried down to the ground: It was conveyed to the police morgue.
Mr. P. Anastas (chairman of the Greek committee in Pirie) was Informed of the death and communicated with Adelaide so that a Greek priest could visit Pirie for the burial. He was to cateh the train from the city last night. The funeral will leave the Greek Church in David street at 10 o’clock this morning.
Report To Coroner
The police report on the fatality was handed to Mr. A. H. L. Goode (coroner) yesterday. He told “The Recorder” last night that he was considering the report and would
decide today whether an inquest were necessary.
(as published in the Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954) | Wed 3 Jan 1940 | Page 4)
Killed In Fall From Building
He fell about 23ft. from a crane track on top of the new Dwight Lloyd building at the smelters to a wooden staging. He arrived in South Australia from Greece 18 months ago. During his fall he crashed through a handrail, and struck his chest against’a steel girder before landing on the staging.
A doctor arrived within 15 minutes of the accident, and pronounced him dead.
Halas was employed by Johns and Waygood, Ltd., constructional engineers, of South Melbourne, who have the contract to erect the Dwight Lloyd plant.
His workmates ceased work for the day.
(as published in the Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 – 1954) | Wed 3 Jan 1940 | Page 2 )
HALAS.—On January 2, accidentally,
LEONARDOS HALAS, of Pantheon Club, Florence street, aged 26 years.
HALAS.—THE FRIENDS of the late MR. LEONARDOS HALAS, of Pantheon Club, Florence street, are respectfully informed that HIS Funeral will leave the Greek Orthodox Church, David street, THIS DAY at 10 a.m. for Port Pirie Cemetery.
BACKSTROM & MESCHKE, Undertakers and Motor Funeral Directors, Port Pirie. Phones 190, 337, and 411.
(PORT PIRIE BRANCH)
Members are requested to assemble at the Greek Orthodox Church, David street, THIS DAY at 10 a.m. to follow the Funeral of their late Comrade Leonardos Halas to Port Pirie Cemetery.
E. BARNETT, Trustee.
C. BECKER, Assist. Sec.
(as published in the Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 – 1954) | Thu 4 Jan 1940 | Page 1 )
200 AT FUNERAL OF SMELTERS ACCIDENT VICTIM