Director sentenced after worker suffers life-changing injuries

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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.

Jeremy Sirrell a Partner and health and safety expert at Palmers said: “This incident shows the importance of ensuring all machinery is properly maintained, with regular inspections carried out.

“If sufficient measures had been in place then this painful incident would never have occurred.”

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