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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 20 June 19 22:21 BST (UK) »
This is how some people have (more recently) died from taking ecstacy tablets - the advice used to be to drink gallons of water if you were on E's, and some people overdid this.

So yes, sadly it's perfectly possible to die of what is effectively a water overdose.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication
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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #10 on: Friday 21 June 19 08:11 BST (UK) »
Furnace workers got salt tablets when I was a furnaceman, maybe lack of salt was the cause of this. The only river at Blochairn was the Molendinar & nobody would have drunk that! ditto the canal! (was that used for cooling purposes?) ;D
  That iron/steel work would need a good supply of water & Glasgow's excellent supply from Loch Katrine dates from  the 1850's to 1880.

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Re: Cause of Death
« Reply #11 on: Friday 21 June 19 09:01 BST (UK) »
Actor Anthony Andrews nearly died of it

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/actor-tells-of-water-overdose-6352571.html


I used to do chemical analysis in a lab. and in summer the factory nurse came in with a small glucose/salt drink every afternoon, it was an awful taste but deemed a necessity
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« Reply #12 on: Friday 21 June 19 10:15 BST (UK) »
Blochairn was principally an ironworks  engaged in the manufacture of malleable-iron, I discovered that I had a rellie who was a "Puddler" in Blochairn who had come to Glasgow from Staffs for the money. That was the worst industrial job, a special breed of men, (apart from an actor! ;D) puddlers either died young or got out of it early. Standing at a puddling furnace with his young assistant for up to a 12 hour shift, manipulating a semi-molted bloom of pig iron with iron hooks, then when it was ready, transferring it to a steam-hammer by hand, puddling was highly skilled & considered highly paid, early blindness was also an occupational hazard.

Puddling furnaces were located in open sheds to disperse the heat which of course was much worse in summer, the guys drank copious amounts of water or beer & collapse & failure to complete a shift, resulting in loss of earnings, was common.
 In the 1860's industrial journalist David Bremner wrote, "The work of the puddler is probably the severest kind of labour voluntarily undertaken by man!"
 A puddler named Willox kept a diary in the summer of 1872 while working in ferocious heat at Parkhead Forge in Glasgow's east end.  "Tuesday June 18th, this has been a terrible day with heat, nearly all the puddlers knocked off. Only five of us finished the shift, and little wonder!"

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« Reply #13 on: Friday 21 June 19 10:45 BST (UK) »
Occupational health - I found a number of male ancestors with causes of death related to heat exposure in the working environment - but these were gas works stokers or pottery kiln workers. Heat exposure seems to be responsible for strokes and early onset dementias.

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« Reply #14 on: Friday 21 June 19 11:42 BST (UK) »
Thanks everyone esp Skoosh for that great insight my relation was a labourer so would have found it hard to just leave and of course health and safety then seemed non existant as i still live in the area now where once there was all that heavy engineering brickworks chemical and copper works plus the canal now nothing of that era has survived here just us lucky relations to remember what made this city the rich and diverse as it is the area is called the Garngad local slang has it as the good and bad a good reflection me thinks.
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« Reply #15 on: Friday 21 June 19 12:41 BST (UK) »
Life was truly hard wasn’t it.
So many industrial and occupation related conditions and illnesses which were not considered ,just accepted.
The list will be long I think,from archers with over developed shoulders and back distortions,bissinosis-cotton industry ,silicosis -mining for coal, lead ore, etc.
The cancers from the spray of oil from textile  machinery,tetanus in agricultural labourers,anthrax from tanneries,T.B in milkmaids from cows before TT testing.
Cholera in towns with no clean drinking water supplies.

Gosh it is  a wonder  anyone survived!
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« Reply #16 on: Friday 21 June 19 13:00 BST (UK) »
People still dying from too much fluid, today's news


https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-48717338
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« Reply #17 on: Friday 21 June 19 13:11 BST (UK) »
@ medpat, much of the litter nowadays is discarded water-bottles, my local park is wall to wall with expensively dressed runners carrying water-bottles as if they're in the Gobi Desert!  ;D

@ Garngad, a wee map of Blochairn here, it switched to steel production after 1880, there was also an ironworks at St Rollox next to the Caley (St Rollox Railway Works) plus this chemical works.  They must have used the canal for cooling purposes. I remember Wattery Wullie's pub on the canal bank, apparently he wattered his whisky, who knows?  ;D

 www.scottishshale.co.uk/GazWorks/BlochairnChemicalWorks.html

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