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Parents of electrocuted student may seek compensation

The family of a 17-year-old student, who was electrocuted while working on a conservation project in Fiji, may consider claiming compensation from an electrician or the company which organised his placement now that a verdict of unlawful killing has been recorded.

Earlier, the hearing had been told that the A-level student, who had been a volunteer on an ecological study organised by a British company, had responded to a scream from a fellow volunteer after that youth had received a shock from an electrified metal washing line.

It was believed that the victim had also grabbed the line, presumably to go under it to reach the other boy, but had been fatally electrocuted when he was unable to let go of the wire.

The incident, which occurred on the island of Tokoriki in 2006, was the result of a live mains power cable inadvertently coming into contact with the washing line.

The Manchester Coroner said the circumstances of the Stretford teenager's death were so grossly negligent they would have constituted a criminal offence in England. In Fiji, an electrician is awaiting trial on a charge of manslaughter in connection with the incident.

Following a police investigation, the company which organised the project is not being prosecuted in the UK.

The company stated that its fieldwork trips conformed to British Standards BS 8848 and that it was a highly regarded professional organisation in all the activities it had undertaken over many years of successful conservation operations.

However, the parents of the unpaid work accident victim may yet seek a personal injury solicitor to represent them in a claim for compensation for the loss of their son from the electric shock.


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