Dale date of the accident was November 1882. The elevator was installed in 1878 and the report said it was hydraulic.....I assume it was operated off of city water pressure. When I was a kid a friend had an elevator in his house which was operated by city water pressure...his dad wouldn't let us play with it because it raised their water bill.
From what I've read in its 109 yr history, Howard's shipyard had only one fatality, a fall accident. I don't know about disabling accidents. Things were a lot more "personal" back then, if the owners liked an employee they could be very kind, such as finding an easier job in the shipyard for an injured worker. I have never read any formal policy concerning on the job injuries; like I say it was a lot more personal back then.