Teenager Fatality under Investigation

A teenager doing construction work on the roof of a home in East Bunbury has suffered a fatal injury. The death comes as authorities crack down on new and apprentice worker safety on sites. The 18 year old teen was not an official apprentice but it is thought that he was training with an electrician at the time.

This post on SafetyCulture.com.au has more about the incident:

worksafe-wa-logo-large1Police, WorkSafe, Energy Safety and Western Power are all part of the investigation into the death of a teenager who was working in a roof in a home in East Bunbury.

The youth, believed to be 18 years old, was working with an electrician when the incident occurred about 10.30 yesterday morning.

Ambulance and fire crews that attended the scene were able to pull the man who was unconscious out of the roof space however they were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced deceased at Bunbury Regional Hospital.

According to an ABC news report he was in training but not an official apprentice.

Source: http://www.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/fatality-in-bunbury-to-be-investigated-by-wa-worksafe/

Apprentice and young workers require special attention on a job site because of their inexperience and naivety with regards to safety. New workers are often keen to learn and energetic however it is precisely this eagerness which makes them more likely to suffer injury, and sometimes fatally, like the young worker in Bunbury.

In this case the worker tragically lost his life but occasionally inexperienced workers can jeopardise the safety of their co-workers as well and put the entire site at risk.

Even apprentices and trainee workers must be in possession of their general safety white card, in fact anyone who engages in work in the construction industry must undergo white card training in order to learn about the hazards presented by construction work and the control measures needed to remain safe on site.

Sadly the young man who died was just beginning his life when it was so abruptly cut short. It should be the goal of every construction employer and principal contractor to ensure that this type of incident is never repeated. This can be done by ensuring young workers are trained and appropriately supervised. Apprentice and young workers should never be asked to engage in dangerous tasks which may jeopardise their safety especially if they are insufficiently trained and not experienced enough to do so safely.  Employers should keep in mind that they are required by the law to provide apprentice and amateur workers with a safe working environment and safe system of work.

So do not wait until an incident occurs on your site to right any wrongs, ensure that all young workers have received the necessary training, both general safety white card training as well as site specific safety training. Ensure that apprentices and trainees are supervised at all times. Also keep a clear line of communication open with these workers so that they feel free to raise any safety questions or concerns they may have.