Factory Horror: 16yr old dies while operating a lathe.

Factory horror: Teenage apprentice dies after being dragged into machinery at site

January 10, 2013 by Plus Safety Health & Safety Consultants

Cameron Minshull was dragged into machinery at the factory 10 Jan 2013 He suffered serious head injuries when he is believed to have become trapped in an industrial metal lathe at the engineering site

The teenager died in an horrific factory accident just weeks after starting an apprenticeship.

Cameron Minshull, 16, suffered serious head injuries when he was dragged into an industrial metal lathe and died later in hospital.

A joint police and Health and Safety Executive investigation has been launched and part of the probe will include examining the machinery at Zaffar Engineering UK in Bury, Greater Manchester.

Cameron, who lives in the town, had only just started an apprenticeship at the factory when he was injured at 10.45am yesterday.

He was flown by air ambulance to Wythenshawe Hospital but pronounced dead a short time later. He leaves two sisters, aged two and 13, and a 15-year-old brother.

Mum Joanne Hill said: “We have lost a very precious part of our lives and there are no words to describe how we are feeling.

“Cameron was a much-loved son, brother, nephew, grandson and great-grandson and a friend to many. He will leave a big hole in many people’s hearts.”

A GMP spokesman said: “A joint investigation by GMP and the Health and Safety Executive is now underway to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Plus Safety Comment: One more to add to the 180+ other compelling reasons why health and safety is important and not a joke in this country. We await the HSE investigation report before making judgment but what the hell was a 16 year old lad, weeks into the job in a dangerous environment doing on a lathe???? I am at a loss to find any reason to justify this. For the sake of the lads family and the employer who have now to live with this tragedy I hope there is one. But I suspect there isn’t. 16, all to live for, and probably totally preventable , words escape me. Our sincerest condolences to the lads family.

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