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.

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