While the death of any construction worker on the job is tragic, it is particularly concerning when young workers who are new to the job are killed and their bright futures are cut short.
This is what happened on an Adelaide construction site in Fullarton recently. A wall collapse, causing a timber frame to fall onto a 17 year old worker.
The young man was rushed to hospital for treatment of critical head injuries.
The CFMEU recently spoke out about the incident, describing it as preventable. Apparently the site displayed a troubling lack of safety, with workers not even wearing hard hats. This probably played a crucial role in the death of the young man.
Even sites where safety regulations are adhered to need to pay particular attention to young workers whose inexperience is a liability to their safety. They need adequate training and supervision.