’Blackburn Skip Hire Firm Fined £80,000, After the Death of a Young Worker’ Asons Solicitors Comment

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According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Blackburn Skip Hire Ltd and its owner Zarif Mohammed, have been ordered to pay £80,000 in fines and costs, after breaching Health and Safety rules, which led to the death of an employee in 2010. (1)

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The company and its owner had a legal and moral duty to look after the safety of Mr Qabil, but sadly their failings led to him losing his life.

Preston Crown Court heard on the 10th December, that Amin Qabil, aged 21, died in August 2010, while using a skid steer loader to move rubbish. The body of the Mr Qabil, who was originally from Afghanistan, was discovered after midnight by a neighbour. (1) (2)

According to the press release, Mr Qabil had not received any formal training, and the vehicle he was operating was found to be unsafe. It is believed that, the restraint bar had been disabled, which allowed the controls to be operated when no one was in the cab. Moreover, the minimum engine speed had been allegedly increased. (1)

The court heard that, the vehicle was bought at an auction, but the firm had failed to ensure all the safety features were in place when it was operated on the site. (1)

Following an investigation by the HSE, it has been concluded, that the most likely explanation for Amin Qabil’s death is that he caught a lever as he climbed out of the cab. Consequently, he was crushed against the vehicle, when the bucket on the front was raised. (1)

Commenting on the news, Adriano D’Ambrosio, Executive at Asons Solicitors, said that:

“It was a terrible incident, with dramatic consequences. According to the HSE, it is alleged that, there were several failings at the site, which should have been addressed. Such negligence caused the unacceptable death of a young worker. ”

“The firm should have ensured that the second-hand skid steer loader was safe to use, before any working task was carried out.

“Here at Asons, we strongly believe that no one should die because of negligence from an employer. Those who have suffered under similar working conditions should not hesitate to make a health and safety claim.”

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said:

“Amin Qabil’s life was brought to an end after he suffered horrific injuries caused by a vehicle that should never have been in use.

“The company and its owner had a legal and moral duty to look after the safety of Mr Qabil, but sadly their failings led to him losing his life.” (1)

Asons Solicitors suggest that if someone would like to learn more about the consequences of construction accidents, or if they would like to better understand the Personal Injury Claim process, that such information is available at http://www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 01204 521 133.

(1)    Health and Safety Executive, 10/12/2013 press.hse.gov.uk/2013/blackburn-skip-firm-sentenced-over-young-workers-death/
(2)    Preston Crown Court, 10/12/2013 - Case Number T20130949

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About Asons Solicitors:
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