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Young workers killed in accidents

THE DEATHS of two construction workers and a further two serious accidents last week marked a black week for construction safety.

A 19-year-old McNicholas Construction employee, Kyle Newell, was killed last Tuesday when a sling full of rebar being moved by an excavator fell on him. He was working in a trench for Severn Trent Water at Green Lanes in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

Concrete plant operator Ronald Brown, 25, was killed on February 22 after he became trapped in machinery on the Arisaig bypass project in the Scottish Highlands. He was working for Ayrshire-based Barr Construction.

Four men were seriously injured when they fell down a lift shaft after scaffolding collapsed at the Lee Gomery Community Centre in Telford, Shropshire, on February 28.

The men were moving a concrete lintel into place when a platform they were standing on and the supporting scaffolding plummeted 10 m down the shaft. The men were working for contractor WC Corfield. One of them broke both his ankles in the fall.

Two men had a narrow escape on February 25 when a stairwell between the first and second floors at a hotel collapsed. An HSE inspector and two engineers are investigating the incident at Swindon's Ramada Hotel where the Midas Group is main contractor.