A 16-year-old apprentice died after his oversized overalls got caught in machinery and pulled into a steel cutting lathe.
Cameron Minshull, who was earning just £3 per hour, got snagged on the unguarded fast-moving machinery at an engineering firm, a court heard.
Manchester Crown Court was told the Bury-born apprentice had only been at the company for a month before the fatal accident at work, which resulted in him sustaining massive head and facial injuries in January 2013.
Despite the fact safety guards had been removed from machinery, Cameron and other young workers were left unsupervised and untrained, the court heard.
Apprentices were routinely asked to clean the lathes with emery paper while still running. Safety guards designed to make that impossible had been disabled with the apprentices simply instructed to roll their sleeves up while doing the work.
Zaffar Hussain, 59, who owned Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd and ran it with his son, Akbar Hussain, 35, was jailed for 8 months and banned from being a director for 10 years, after pleading guilty to neglect under health and safety legislation.
The Bury company was fined £150,000 after pleading guilty to corporate manslaughter.
Akbar Hussain was given a suspended 4-month prison sentence and fined £3,000 after admitting he breached health and safety laws. The Akbars and their firm were also ordered to pay costs totalling £15,000.
Accident waiting to happen
Lime People Training Solutions, the recruitment agency that put Cameron on his placement, was fined £75,000 for putting him in a dangerous working environment and ordered to pay costs of £25,000.
Judge David Stockdale QC said the fatal accident had been an accident “waiting to happen”.
He said despite being inexperienced, unqualified and inadequately trained, Cameron and other young workers were left virtually unsupervised in a workshop containing unguarded, fast-running machines.
Source: Manchester Evening News
Date Published: July 15, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown