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carol cooper

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My Mum worked as a crane driver at Hadfields during the war until a friend who also worked on the cranes, fell to her death. She decided that she'd had enough of that and had me instead. I have often wondered if there were any photos of the ladies who worked at Hadfields in the war years as quite often photos are shown on TV and in publications from other steel works.

Thanks Carol

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A few photos of Audrey Watson in 1942 on PictureSheffield here:

Hadfields lady 1942

Not much personal protective equipment in place while working the lathe, but I suppose if you were having high explosives dropped on you....

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Personal protection is something which has grown over the recent past. I remember being at school in the 1950s and ne'er a safety goggle/safety glove was seen in Chemistry or Metal work lessons. My Dad, a Trade Unionist ,insisted I wore safety glasses...the only lad in a class of 30 that did!

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