Director sentenced after worker suffers life-changing injuries

The former director of a now-dissolved landscaping company from Leeds has been sentenced for safety breaches after one of his workers suffered life-changing injuries.

Leeds Crown Court heard how on 25 August 2016, an employee of R K United Ltd was using a lorry loader crane to help deliver soil to a new house on Otley Road in Leeds. As he was bringing the crane arm down his left arm was impaled on a spike which was sticking out of the control panel, with the impact shattering several bones in his arm.

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was revealed that the crane had severe defects, these included a disabled safety system and part of the safety guard around the controls had been cut off, leaving the spike on which his arm was impaled.

The worker had also not received the appropriate training on how to operate the lorry loader crane.

The firm’s Director, Hafeez Ghafoor from Huddersfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Mr Ghafoor was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

At Hethertons, we appreciate that good health and safety provisions not only make good financial sense and avoid criminal prosecution, they also avoid prevent life changing events to your employees, their families and the public.

To ensure your business is compliant and avoid a financial penalty, contact our health and safety consultant, Mark Dalton, today.