"Could Negligence be to Blame for Bolton Boy's Machinery Accident Death?" Asks Asons Solicitors

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Just weeks into an apprenticeship, a boy of 16 was killed in a machinery accident at work after becoming trapped in a metal lathe at an engineering company based in Bolton. Could negligent training and health and safety be to blame?

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Due to the boy’s age, it’s possible that a reduced awareness of health and safety practices may be to blame

Just weeks into an apprenticeship, a boy of 16 was killed in a machinery accident at work after becoming trapped in a metal lathe at an engineering company based in Bolton.

Reports on the 10th of January from the Manchester Evening News state that paramedics were called in at 10.45am on Tuesday the 8th of January; where the boy was pronounced dead at around 12.20pm.

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman stated that:
“A joint investigation by GMP and the Health and Safety Executive is now underway to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Machinery accidents like these are preventable, but not wholly uncommon in the engineering and manufacturing industry. Statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for 2011/12, show that there were 31 reported fatalities for the year, compared to an average of 30 for the previous 5 years. So despite the efforts of some companies and awareness groups to promote workplace safety, the rate of fatal incidents does not appear to be dropping.

Asons Solicitors' Personal Injury Department Manager, Mr Stephen Mansfield, commented that:
“This is a truly awful incident. Accidents like these most commonly happen due to a lack of training, or due to a lack of protective equipment. Due to the boy’s age, it’s possible that a reduced awareness of health and safety practices may be to blame, but this of course is speculation. If this does turn out to be the case however, the company in question can expect to receive some substantial fines, and may suffer at the hands of other disciplinary procedures”.

This horrific accident has disrupted the lives of friends and family alike, and so an inquest is due to be opened and adjourned.

“If it is found that the engineering company is to blame for this incident, then it will be possible for the boy’s parents to pursue damages. Nothing will ever compensate them for such a dreadful loss, but it can go some way towards paying for funeral expenses and other costs arising from this incident” adds Mr Mansfield.

The law regarding the provision of adequate training and protective equipment is stringent and clear, so where an accident like this occurs, it is quite often the fault of the employer, as many of these accidents are preventable. So if you, or someone you know has been injured as a direct result of their work you may be entitled to accident at work compensation.

If you’d like to find out more about how Asons Solicitors can help you with your personal injury claim; you can visit them at http://www.asons.co.uk, or you can contact them directly on 0844 850 1062.

The original story can be found here: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1597787_apprentice-cameron-minshull-16-killed-in-bury-factory-accident-just-weeks-into-new-job

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

For further information contact:
Email: info(at)asons(dot)co.uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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