The accident construction site in Dietikon ZH the day after the accident. Yves Radakovits (†15) died here under a concrete element weighing more than two tons. (middle picture)
The Dietikon district court found two construction workers guilty of negligent homicide on Thursday. A third suspect was acquitted.
Mason apprentice Yves Radakovits (†15) from Geroldswil ZH was killed by several concrete slabs in December 2019 in a tragic construction site accident in Dietikon ZH. The first convict 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. 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.
Parents have made serious allegations
Blick was able to speak with the late teenager’s family ahead of the trial in early November. It was almost three years before the case ended up in court. 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.” (nab/chs)
Father of Yves (†15): “We are tired and disappointed”(01:16)