Building Firm Culpable for Teen Carpenter’s Avoidable Death

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Source: Safety Media Ltd.

The family of a 16 year old boy from Enfield who tragically lost his life during a routine construction job have said that they are “devastated” to learn that his employer has escaped conviction.

The youngster, who had only been in the job for six weeks, was instructed to throw rubbish from atop scaffolding down into skip without the aid of a harness and, most importantly, the necessary health and safety training for working at height.

Left unsupervised by his employer, the teenager employed what is known as the “bombing” technique – throwing refuse to the ground level from an elevated position. The momentum from the pendulum motion of his throwing and his small weight meant the boy fell from a 30ft and suffered many critical injuries. He died later in hospital.

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