A 16 year old carpenter was lucky to escape a 7 metre fall down a staircase void, shortly after being inducted onto the worksite as a “capenter”.
The young man had practically no construction experience which raised concerns about the level of supervision being given to young people at the worksite.
The teen was a part of the Master Builders Association KidsAssist scheme, designed to put students at risk of dropping out, into trade apprenticeships.
The young man suffered a crushed shoulder, damaged vertebrae and internal injuries. He had to have a metal rod put into his back.
The incident is under investigation by WorkSafe and the scheme has been put on hold temporarily.