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Apprentice Entangled and Killed in Machine

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A training coordinator who put an apprentice at an Adelaide factory where he died has told an inquest the machine that killed the teenager posed a high risk to an inexperienced worker.

Robert Drysdale said he regularly saw apprentices using the horizontal boring machine when he went to Diemould Tooling Services at Edwardstown before the death in 2004.

Daniel Madeley, 18, was pulled into the machine by the dustcoat.

Mr Drysdale was working for a training scheme known then as the Engineering Employers' Association.

He told the coroner the machine posed a high risk to inexperienced operators.

Mr Drysdale said the Association had lost touch with the processes at Diemould Tooling and he did not know it was common for apprentices to train apprentices.

He said after the accident the Association developed a safety scheme which was implemented nationally.

Reported by ABC News

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