The trial of the mason’s apprentice Yves (†15) who died in an accident – the family is still angry at those responsible today
“The insight that they did something wrong is completely missing”
After many interrogations and even more breaks, the trial surrounding the fatal accident of Yves Radakovits († 15) finally takes place. A crane operator, a construction machine operator and an unskilled worker are standing in front of the Dietikon district court.
The two brothers Mike (left) and Lenn and father Christian Radakovits will be present at the trial in Dietikon. Almost three years have passed since the accident.
It has now taken almost three years for the trial surrounding the fatal construction site accident in Dietikon ZH to appear in court. The youngest man on the construction site was killed by several concrete slabs at the time, it was the bricklayer’s apprentice Yves Radakovits (†15) from Geroldswil ZH. Yves had only been an apprentice for three months. Since then, nothing has been the same for the family. “We are tired and disappointed,” says Yves father Christian Radakovits (52). “But we will be part of the process.”
For the family, a lot was unclear in the almost three years surrounding the investigation, and the grief was also accompanied by anger at those responsible for the two companies involved and the three accused. Christian Radakovits says: “We were present at all interrogations. I can’t understand these people. There are also family fathers among them, but they still have no sympathy. The insight that they did something wrong is completely missing.”
Yves brother Mike (26) is also disappointed. «One even said that Yves was in the danger area without instructions. It’s just not honest,” he says. Even after three years, he still goes to his brother’s grave. “I talk to Yves in my head every night. My brother will live on in our hearts forever and ever.”
charge of involuntary manslaughter
Three workers have been charged with Yves’ fatal accident. You must answer to negligent homicide. The first is a 70-year-old Kosovar Albanian who was a foreman and crane operator at the time. According to the indictment, he used the crane to unload the concrete elements, which weighed more than two tons, onto the construction site. To prevent them from tipping over, he leaned them against a material container. But later he lifted the container away again and placed four elements vertically – without securing them. At the same time he was responsible for the apprentice Yves. He should have avoided putting himself in danger at work.
The other two defendants, two Portuguese (22 and 36), triggered the fall of the concrete elements. The older of the two is a machine operator, he used the excavator to transport the panels. The younger one is a laborer, he hung the concrete elements on the excavator on a ladder.
It happened on the first try
Already with the first element the concrete wall tipped over and fell against the second element, so that all four fell over like a domino and buried Yves Radakovits under them. The hearing is on Wednesday, and the verdict will be announced on Thursday the following week. All three defendants face a conditional prison sentence of eight months.