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Schoolboy Michael McLean dies after industrial accident in Inverurie

Denholm Oilfield Services
Image caption Michael McLean was on a placement at Denholm Oilfield Services

A schoolboy on work placement has died after an industrial accident in Aberdeenshire.

Michael McLean, 17, was found unconscious at Denholm Oilfield Services in Inverurie on Friday.

His life-support machine was later switched off at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Michael, from Kincorth in Aberdeen, was on his last day of a summer placement.

The teenager's father, Mark McLean, works at the company.

A company spokesman said everyone at the "close-knit" firm was "absolutely devastated".

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

Michael was a pupil at Kincorth Academy in Aberdeen, with headteacher Grahame Whyte describing him as a "wonderful friend and student" to many at the school.

Mr Whyte added: "He was a kind soul that touched the lives of everyone around him. He was a hard worker, a caring individual who never let life get him down and always rose to any challenge with his classic enthusiasm. He will be greatly missed.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

The school is planning to hold a memorial service but the date and time have still to be confirmed. Counselling support is being offered to pupils.

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