Prosecutor's office concludes investigation of Kuutsemae ski resort accident

  • 2022-12-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The prosecutor's office has concluded the investigation of an accident that occurred at the Kuutsemae ski resort in southern Estonia at the beginning of the year and resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy due to the absence of public interest, the regional Louna-Eesti Postimees reports.

On Jan. 2, a 15-year-old boy died as a result of a work related accident at the ski resort of Kuutsemae not far from the south Estonian town of Otepaa. The 15-year-old, who had been working at the ski lifts with his father, was caught in cables and died as a result of the injuries sustained.

In order to clarify the circumstances of the accident, the police launched criminal proceedings, which have been concluded by now.

South District Prosecutor Ainar Koik said that the boy's work had to be monitored and supervised by his father, who worked at the same ski resort.

"During the investigation, it was not determined exactly why the young man ended up getting caught in the ski lift and we can only assume whether more effective guidance or supervision would have prevented the accident. Therefore, the police brought against the man a suspicion of violation of occupational health and safety requirements through omission if the death of a person is caused thereby," the prosecutor said.

Based on the collected evidence, the prosecutor's office assesses whether a crime has been committed, as well as whether and in what way it is necessary to influence a person to refrain from similar acts in the future.

"The father had to witness his son's death and this has been an extremely difficult ordeal for him -- in human terms, this is the most severe punishment of all," Koik added.

Taking into account that the man has no previous criminal convictions, he does not deny his guilt and it is a random and extremely unfortunate event in the man's life, the prosecutor decided to conclude the criminal proceedings due to the absence of public interest this October.