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Schoolboy dies after industrial accident during work placement

Posted in: School Accidents Workplace Injuries Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A young schoolboy was killed last week in an industrial accident during his time on a work placement in Aberdeenshire. 17-year-old Michael McLean was found unconscious at Denholm Oilfield Services in Inverurie last Friday, before being rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Doctors were unable to revive him, and his life-support machine was later switched off.

The teenager from Kincorth in Aberdeen had been on his last day of a summer placement with the company when the accident happened. The boy’s father, Mark McLean, works for the company and had secured him the placement. A company spokesman described the company as very “close-knit” and said that everyone who works there was “absolutely devastated” by the news.

“wonderful friend and student”

Information has not yet been released regarding the cause of the work accident, yet the Health and Safety Executive is currently carrying out investigations. Michael had been a pupil at Kincorth Academy in Aberdeen, where his headteacher Grahame Whyte described him as a “wonderful friend and student” to many at the school. Mr Whyte said:

“He was a hard worker, a caring individual who never let life get him down and always rose to any challenge with his classic enthusiasm. He will be greatly missed.”

The school will be holding a memorial service for Michael’s death, and counselling support has been offered to all pupils.

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