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Former bakery director sentenced after worker falls and dies

Date:
15 September 2017

The ex-director of commercial bakery has been placed on a curfew after a vulnerable worker suffered fatal injuries in a fall.

On 15 September 2017 Southwark Crown Court heard how Mr Ezat Mohammed Mohammed Shamselden, an Egyptian national, fell through a mezzanine floor ceiling while undertaking building repairs at a commercial bakery run by Mr Othman Ahmed Hussein in Wembley, London.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 27 November 2015, found the deceased, who was of no fixed abode, lacked the required equipment, skills and competencies to undertake work at height safely.

Mr Othman Ahmed Hussein of Woodmill Road, London pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work ‘etc’ Act 1974. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, given a three-month 8:00pm to 7:00am curfew and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.

Speaking after the sentencing HSE Inspector Nicholas Faber said “Vulnerable workers require the most support and individuals should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those who fall below the required standards. In this case if Mr Hussein had carried out and acted on even a basic check of the deceased’s capabilities this tragic incident could have been prevented.”

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent 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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