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Apprentice 'burned in workplace prank'
AN apprentice motor mechanic has suffered burns in an alleged workplace prank in which a solvent got on his clothing and was ignited.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident at a diesel engine repair business in Hallam, in Melbourne's southeast this morning.

WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said the victim, a youth aged under 18, is in a stable condition at The Alfred hospital but may need surgery.

"We're at an early stage in our inquiries, but it's believed a solvent has gotten on to him and has been ignited,'' Mr Birt said.

The injured boy had recently started work at the business, Mr Birt said.

Police have been informed of the incident.

WorkSafe inspectors interviewed some workers at the business today and will return tomorrow.

"Obviously, our message at this time of year is that there are very many apprentices and young people are joining the workforce and there is no place these days for any workplace pranks,'' he said.

"They may seem fun at the time, but they can result in injury or potentially death.

"They can be life-changing events despite the marvellous work of our doctors and nurses.''

Workers aged 15 to 25 had the highest proportion of workplace injuries in Victoria, and were hospitalised more often for those injuries than other age groups, Mr Birt said.

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