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INVESTIGATE: 3D BLAMED FOR TEEN'S FATAL FALL.

Byline: Penman & Sommerlad

AN untrained teenage scaffolder who fell to his death was on a bonus to finish his job within a day.

Steven Burke was working on a disused sewage tank in Trafford, Manchester, when he slipped. The 17-year-old martial arts expert was wearing a safety harness but it was not clipped to the scaffolding.

A fortnight earlier, his employers 3D Scaffolding Ltd were issued with a warning notice by health and safety inspectors who found "no adequate fall arrest equipment available".

HSE construction inspector Nic Rigby said: "Steven Burke's death... was not only a tragedy, it was also entirely preventable. He was let down by virtually everyone who had a role to ensure his safety."

Steven's super visor David Swindell denied health and safety offences but was convicted last week after a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester. 3D Scaffolding admitted health and safety offences, as did RAM Ser vices Ltd. They face unlimited fines when they are sentenced in February.

None of which will help Steven's parents. Mum Barbara said: "We miss him terribly. The worst thing is that his death could and should have been avoided."

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TRAGEDY: The death of martial arts expert Steven was "preventable"; JUSTICE: Steven's parents
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2007
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