Work experience teenager loses leg

A 15-year-old schoolboy had a leg amputated following an accident while on work experience at a stoneyard, it has been confirmed.

The teenager's right leg was crushed when he was dragged beneath the caterpillar tracks of a mechanical digger as he walked across the yard in Bradford.

It is understood the teenager lay trapped for several minutes before his screams for help were heard and he was released.

He was taken by air ambulance to St James's Hospital in Leeds where his right leg was amputated above the knee in a seven-hour operation.

The youngster, a pupil at Wyke Manor School, had been on work placement at Russell's stone merchants in Ripley Road, West Bowling, Bradford, for just over a week, when the tragedy happened on May 23.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive confirmed an investigation was under way.

Alan Oswin, headteacher at Wyke Manor School, said: "We can confirm that an accident took place on Friday, May 23 involving one of our 15-year-old pupils who was on work experience.

"We were very upset to hear about the accident and we are in daily contact with the family and offering whatever support we can.

"The Health and Safety Executive has now launched a full investigation and we cannot comment further at this stage."

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