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Skip firm sentenced after vehicle accident

11th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A skip hire firm from Blackburn has been fined after serious safety failings caused a worker to become crushed by a vehicle known as a skid steer loader.

The vehicle was purchased second-hand, and was unsafe in a variety of ways. The controls could be operated even if nobody was in the cab, the minimum engine speed had been increased and a mechanical error meant that the vehicle had a habit of reversing without warning.

Amin Qabil, from Afghanistan, suffered injuries to the back of the head as a result of the vehicle’s safety flaws.

Blackburn Skip Hire Ltd and its owner, Zarif Mohammed, both pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Blackburn Skip Hire was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £19,000 in prosecution costs. Mr Mohammed was ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid community work in the next 12 months and to pay costs of £1,000.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801671236-ADNFCR


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