[Note 306.4]

Barrowing soil from the excavation to form embankments or cuttings was a dangerous job that demanded great physical strength. Newly recruited navvies were especially vulnerable because they lacked not only the immense physical strength of the experienced navvy but also his feel for signs of danger, for example when a plank was about to 'bend or go'. (See bar335) Consequently many navvies fell from barrow runs bringing their heavily laden barrows down with them. Newcomers were put in further danger by their established comrades who would deliberately 'harry' or overload the newcomers barrow by way of a practical joke. 

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The Box Moor Embankment, London & Birmingham Railway - By John Cooke Bourne

 

 

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