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MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTIONS FOR FIRM & MANAGER

Workman died after falling into waste skip

Bilston Skips Ltd and a company manager Bikram Singh Mahli have been found guilty of the manslaughter of 24-year-old site worker Jagpal Singh on 28 June 2012.

Jagpal Singh fell eight feet from the top of a skip and died later in New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton having suffered severe injury to internal organs. He was working in and around two large skips, accessible only via a metal ladder on the side, rearranging “green waste” or garden rubbish for compression.

The arm of an excavator was being used to compress the waste and the excavator was “said to have been in very poor condition” and in very close proximity to where he was working. It was not determined if the excavator arm made contact with him before he fell.

The manager Bikram Singh Mahli was operating the excavator to compress the contents of the skip.

Site risks not considered and managed

Bilston Skips Limited, a skip service company based in Wolverhampton, and its manager Bikram Singh Mahli were negligent in their duty of care towards staff. There was no record of any health and safety qualified individual on site.

Mahli confirmed he had no health and safety training and there was no system in place to report or record any incidents.

  • Bilston Skips Limited – was charged with one charge of corporate manslaughter and one charge under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. and convicted of both charges at trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, which concluded on 16 August 2016. The company, which is now in liquidation, was fined £600,000.
  • Bikram Singh Mahli – was charged with gross negligence manslaughter and found guilty at trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, which concluded on 16 August 2016. He was also charged with one Section 37 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 offence to which he pleaded guilty to at the start of trial. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for a period of two years.

Dan Jones, specialist prosecutor at the CPS said:

“Safe working practices were not in place at Bilston Skips Limited. The risk to onsite workers had not been considered and was not managed. The gross neglect of health and safety measures by the company and its manager was so serious that it was criminal. It led directly to the fatal incident that killed Jagpal Singh.

The CPS continues to work with the police and Health & Safety Executive investigators to bring to justice those who fail in their duty of care towards workers, failing their trust and endangering lives.”

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