Teenager dies after work accident

A TEENAGER who suffered head injuries after falling under the wheels of a moving lorry has lost his fight for life.Apprentice Ben Taylor, from Fordham, near Newmarket, spent nearly three weeks in a critical condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital following the industrial accident at haulage firm Turners (Soham) Ltd.

A TEENAGER who suffered head injuries after falling under the wheels of a moving lorry has lost his fight for life.

Apprentice Ben Taylor, from Fordham, near Newmarket, spent nearly three weeks in a critical condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital following the industrial accident at haulage firm Turners (Soham) Ltd.

The 18-year-old suffered a fractured skull and broken ankle in the incident, after he became trapped under the wheels of a slow-moving lorry in the firm's workshop.

One of three children, Mr Taylor, who had only been employed at the company for two weeks, died last Thursday , and leaves parents Debbie and Colin, who also works at Turners Ltd.


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His funeral will take place today , at St Peters Church in Fordham. His family have asked for donations to be made to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

The accident, on March 3, was witnessed by one of Mr Taylor's colleagues, who has since made a statement to the police.

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The Health and Safety Executive have also begun an investigation into the cause of the collision.

"During the investigation we will be thoroughly looking into exactly what happened, and whether anything could be done to prevent it, to try and ensure this sort of accident does not happen again in the future," said a spokesman.

"There are now various processes to go through, such as interviewing witnesses, and these investigations can often take many months.

"If there has been any breach of health and safety legislation, we may then decide to prosecute.

"At this stage, we will not speculate on where the investigation might lead us."

Following the incident, Paul Day, managing director of Turners Ltd, said: "The lorry was only travelling at one or two miles an hour, and somehow Ben got caught up under the wheels.

"It seems like a freak accident, and sometimes freak accidents are inevitable. We will do whatever we can to prevent any possible recurrence."

Mr Day was unavailable for comment yesterday.

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