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The director of a truck and trailer company in Yorkshire has been jailed for not complying with workplace health and safety regulations, the result of which left an employee with disabling injuries.
The employer, from Barnsley, has been sent to prison for six months after he permitted one of his workers to go behind the wheel of a truck that he knew was not safe to drive. The court heard how the employer knew that the brakes were not working correctly when the worker got behind the wheel. The judge said that the director of the company had shown no regard for the health and safety laws which should have been applied. He also tried to deny responsibility for the accident by claiming that members of his family were company directors.
During the accident, the worker’s leg became trapped in the vehicle he was driving causing him multiple injuries and requiring the assistance of the fire service for two hours while they cut him out. Two expert witnesses told Sheffield Crown Court that the forklift truck the man was driving at the time was only fit for scrap purposes.
In addition to the failures relating to the incident, there were also found to be other health and safety problems with the company. Barnsley Council said that there had been health and safety issues at the company prior to the incident and that the employer had been warned a number of times about safety over the years.
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Published 16th February 2015.