Boy injured by falling glass

A 14-year-old boy was seriously injured yesterday when nearly two tonnes of glass fell on him in a factory.A WorkSafe spokesman said the boy, whose parents work at the Melbourne factory, was walking across the shop floor when 11 sheets of glass, measuring 2.1m x 3.3m, fell on him from a trolley.

He suffered a broken leg and deep cuts to his legs and hands.

WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said workplaces should not be used for babysitting.

"Taking children to work, particularly where there is a serious risk of danger, is not appropriate," he said.

An ambulance service spokesman said the boy was taken to the Royal Children's Hospital where he was believed to be in a serious but stable condition.

The accident happened at AAA Glass, at Tullamarine, about 2.25pm.

It follows the death early last month of a boy, 12, in a forklift accident at a Braybrook factory that manufactures tennis equipment.

WorkSafe investigators are investigating the latest accident.

The Royal Children's Hospital said the boy had surgery last night.

600450 Boy injured by falling glass
Date: 15 December 2004

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