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DOG ATTACK REVEALS MULTIPLE BREACHES

Employer given jail term after mechanic attacked by guard dog

The owner of garage in North London has been fined and given a six months prison term, suspended for two years, and ordered to undertake 300 hours of unpaid work for health and safety offences after a workman was attacked by a guard dog.

HSE investigation into the dog attack in January 2013 uncovered a wide range of health and safety breaches at the garage including:

  • Spray painting – without appropriate control measures to prevent workers and members of the public from breathing in dangerous hazardous chemicals;
  • Vehicle lift – in an unsafe condition; and a
  • Welfare – facilities adequate.

HSE had previously taken enforcement action against the owner Mehmet Salih, 54, in relation to these offences.

False identify provided to HSE

Westminster Magistrates Court heard how the defendant gave HSE a false identity, claiming the business owner was out of the country and that the business did not carry out certain tasks.

Mehmet Salih, of North Circular Road, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 4(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 9(2) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, 1998.

He was given a six months prison term for each charge suspended for two years, and ordered to undertake 300 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £2,000 in costs and £5,000 compensation to the victim of the dog bite.

HSE Inspector Nick Faber said:

“The horrific injury suffered by Mehmet Salih’s employee was completely avoidable and even basic control measures such as putting a muzzle on the dog would have eliminated the risk.

The wide range of safety failings at the garage exposed a number of other people to serious risk including health effects which may only become apparent later in their lives.

HSE supports businesses who work to comply with the law. This was not the case here, and this prosecution sends a clear message to those who cut costs and put people in harm’s way, failing to respond to enforcement action will put your business and freedom at risk.”

 

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