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Harlow man found guilty of health and safety breach after man crushed to death

Communities / Tue 2nd Dec 2014 at 04:19pm

A MANAGING director has today, Tuesday, 2 December, been convicted of
manslaughter after one of his workers was crushed to death by heavy
machinery.

Mohammad Babamiri, 59, of Poplar Grove, London, N11 was also found
guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of breaching Health and Safety legislation
following the death of 37-year-old Shenol Shevka-Ahmed.

David Hawkins, 31, of Little Brays, Harlow, was acquitted of
manslaughter but found guilty of Health and Safety offences.

Babimiri’s firm RK Metalworks and Hastingwood Securities Ltd were also found
guilty of breaching Health and Safety legislation.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, of the
Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This is a tragic case, the victim
had only worked at the company for a matter of weeks and was overjoyed at
having secured a job.

“If the management that employed him had followed simple guidelines and used
some common sense, then this incident would never have arisen. The accident
itself was totally avoidable and has cost a man his life.

“I hope that today’s verdict can offer some degree of comfort to his
family.”

The victim, who lived in Gloucester Road, Edmonton, but had a wife and two
young boys back in Bulgaria, had been working at RK Metalworks. The company
operated from a unit at The Hastingwood Trading Estate (owned by Hastingwood
Securities Ltd) in Harbut Road, Edmonton N18 and produced items such as
metal gates and fences.

On Friday, 11 January 2013 the company was relocating to a smaller unit on
the estate. A number of large items of machinery were due to be moved, with
the help of the victim and other staff members.

At around 14:05hrs as they tried to move a large metal cutting machine it
tipped over, trapping Mr Shevka-Ahmed, underneath.

The police, London Ambulance Service, London Air Ambulance and the London
Fire Bridge all attended. A car jack was used to raise the machinery so the
victim could be pulled out and treated at the scene before being taken to
the Royal London Hospital. He died two hours later from crush injuries.

At the scene Babamiri told investigating officers he had been driving a
forklift trick and trying to move the metal cutting machine. He admitted he
did not have a licence to drive the forklift.

CCTV showed Hawkins had also been driving a forklift to try to manoeuvre the
machinery. He had already left by the time police and the Health and Safety
Executive arrived to start a joint investigation.

Babamiri was arrested that evening and Hawkins the following morning once he
was traced.

Sentencing will take place on Friday, 9 January 2015.

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