Family pays tribute to ‘courageous and caring’ teen who died in a workplace accident in Bury

Truly heartbreaking words.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 13th February 2024

The family of a teen who sadly lost his life following an incident at a Greater Manchester business have paid a touching tribute to him.

17-year-old Oliver Mawdsley died after being involved in a workplace accident in Bury last Thursday (8 February), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained, and since then a police investigation has been opened into the incident, and two arrests have been made.

A 41-year-old was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and gross negligence manslaughter, while a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

Both men have been bailed pending further enquiries, GMP confirmed.

Following Oliver’s tragic passing, his mum, Samantha, has now paid tribute to “the most courageous, loving, and caring boy”.


Her tribute reads: “My brown eyed boy Ollie… you are my whole world. I just can’t imagine you not walking through the door, giving me the biggest cuddle, and sloppiest kiss with your big lips saying ‘love you mama’.

“You were always there for everyone. You were the best little brother to Coby, and the best big brother to Hector, and your other siblings. You were never shy to show your emotions in public. You were big and strong, but so soft with a loving personality. You protected everyone with your big, kind, caring heart, and your beautiful smile that lit up the room and everyone else’s heart too. You were always there for everyone else.


“I will miss every single piece of you. My heart is broken and I wish I could just bring you home with me where you belong.”

Family pays tribute to ‘courageous and caring’ teen who died in a workplace accident in Bury / Credit: GMP

The tribute continues: “You had so, so much more to give to life, and you should never have been taken.

“Your life was just beginning. Me and Papa watched you grow from our beautiful little boy, to the most handsome young man. Your life was only just starting. You were saving to be able to buy the Crosser you always wanted, and your car insurance.


“Your face would light up the world when you spoke about all your hopes and dreams, and you would have achieved them all.

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“You had the purest of hearts with the purest intentions. “Us against the world”, we would always say, from you being a baby still to this day.”

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