Pig Lifters at Gartsherrie Iron Works, 1930

These men had the hard job of lifting heavy bars of newly cast iron from the 'pig beds'. They are wearing aprons to protect their trousers and leather flaps to guard their hands against grazes. Round their necks are the pig-lifting hooks that they would use to raise the iron from the surrounding casting sand.

Behind, you can see big stacks of pig iron ready to be taken away to by rail or canal boat.

Museum reference:
1930 - 1930
On display:
In Storage: Archives
Associated with:
William Baird and Co · Garthsherrie Iron Works, Coatbridge, Scotland
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