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Company and its senior management sentenced following death of 16 year old apprentice

14/07/2015

Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd has today been sentenced for the corporate manslaughter of apprentice Cameron Minshull. In addition, Company Director Zaffar Hussain has been sentenced for an offence under section 2 and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and company Supervisor Akbar Hussain has also been sentenced for an offence under section 7 of the same act.

Lime People Training Solutions Ltd has been sentenced for an offence under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

These offences related to the death of Cameron Minshull, a 16-year-old apprentice who had recently started working at the company. Cameron became entangled in a lathe which he was operating and was fatally injured on 8 January 2013.

Elizabeth Reid, specialist prosecutor at the CPS said, "Cameron Minshull's death was entirely avoidable.

"The company and its senior management allowed a 16-year-old apprentice to work on dangerous and defective machinery. Not only was Cameron Minshull put to work on machinery without any meaningful supervision but he was provided with limited training.

"The risks were obvious. The death of a 16-year-old could have been prevented.

"The CPS, Greater Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive worked together to investigate thoroughly and to prosecute appropriately those responsible for this work-related death."

Additional information:

Cameron Minshull was tasked to carry out what was an inherently unsafe operation, of manual 'deburring', on a computerised lathe on which the interlock had been defeated, leaving the spinning chuck unguarded. Had the interlock been working, such an unsafe operation would not have been possible. Far from being an exceptional practice, this unsafe operation was undertaken regularly by young employees, and by Zaffar and Akbar Hussain themselves, who have maintained that they did not appreciate how dangerous it was.

If Lime People Training Solutions Ltd. had complied with health and safety requirements, they would have realised that the company was a wholly unsuitable placement for any apprentice, let alone a boy of 16 years, operating a system of work that was grossly unsafe.

Sentencing details:
  • Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd. fined £150,000
  • Lime People Training Solutions Ltd. fined £75,000
  • Zaffar Hussain sentenced to 8 months imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director for 10 years
  • Akbar Hussain sentenced to 4 months suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and given a £3,000 fine

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