Originally Posted by New York Red
I don't know how old you are, Brutus, but I'm guessing you are quite a bit older than the kid who died in this accident. And I'm guessing that if the kid were older, and better understood the equipment he was working in, he likely wouldn't have been up there in those conditions. With age comes wisdom. It's easy to say he should've known better, but with most 20-year olds, a lot of times they don't know better and don't use the best judgement. An adult should have stepped in and prevented this tragedy from happening. Yes, in some ways 20-year olds are adults. But at 20, your judgement isn't nearly what it is at 30, 35, 40, etc. I don't hold this kid responsible in any way.
I don't know if you had a chance to see the Twitter messages he left to his account about an hour prior to his death, but apparently he fully knew the risks.
Here is a picture of his Facebook page, which contain two Twitter messages from his account that synced over...
(warning, these are chilling)
Even the message before he got up there, he obviously new the risks he was facing. In this case, I don't think, even being 20, he was ignorant of the dangers.