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HSE warns of duty to apprentices

The Health and Safety Executive has reminded company directors of their duty to protect employees following the death of a 17-year-old apprentice.

On 6 November 2006, apprentice Simon Murphy was working at Chris Pridmore Joinery Ltd’s workshop on the Maun Valley Trading Estate in Sutton-in-Ashfield, when a stack of MDF boards fell on him. He died in hospital from serious head injuries.

Christopher John Pridmore, of Scholars Way, Mansfield, was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaching work equipment laws.

HSE inspector Maureen Kingman said: “This was a tragic loss of a young life which could have been easily avoided. I hope other company directors can learn from this incident.”