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London garage owner sentenced for health and safety failings

Date:
20 October 2016

A garage owner in Seven Sisters, North London, has been fined for several health and safety breaches after a worker was attacked by a guard dog.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the dog attack in January 2014 which left a mechanic with injuries to his thigh, uncovered a wide range of serious health and safety breaches at the garage. These included spray painting without appropriate control measures to prevent workers and members of the public from breathing in dangerous hazardous chemicals, an unsafe vehicle lift, and a lack of adequate welfare facilities. HSE had previously taken enforcement action against the garage’s owner Mehmet Salih, 54, in relation to these offences.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard how Mehmet Salih gave HSE a false identity, claiming the business owner was out of the country and claimed 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.”

For further information on health and safety in motor vehicle repair visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/mvr/

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
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