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    JAIL TERM FOR DIRECTOR OVER LORRY CRANE DEFECTS

    Operator impaled on dangerous and uninspected lifting appliance

    The former director of a now-dissolved landscaping company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injuries on a project in Leeds on 25th August 2016.

    Leeds Crown Court heard that an employee was using a lorry loader crane to deliver a load of soil to a new house on Otley Road, in Leeds.

    During operation of the crane the operator lowered the crane arm down and his arm became “impaled on a spike” protruding from the control system. The impact caused several bones in his arm to be shattered.

    Examination would have found disabled safety system

    HSE investigators found “severe defects” in the crane, including 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 operator had not received appropriate training to operate the lorry loader crane.

    • Hafeez Ghafoor – of Park Road, Crosland Moor, 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.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Yolande Burns-Sleightholme commented:

    “This injury was easily preventable, and the risk should have been identified.

    The lorry loader crane should have been properly maintained, regular inspections carried out, and a thorough examination taken place every twelve months.

    The disabled safety system would have been found during the examination, ensuring that this incident could not have occurred.”

     

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