BIRMINGHAM: Jagbir Singh, a director of a waste recycling company has been given a suspended prison sentence afterthe death of an employee who was drawn into inadequately guarded and poorly maintained machinery. According toMidlands Police,Jagbir Singh admitted a number of health and safety failings while Master Construction Skips Limited, formerly known as Master Construction Products(Skips) Ltd, accepted a charge of corporate manslaughter.
The 29-year-old victim Safi Qais Khan, who was originally from Pakistan, suffered fatal injuries at the company in Pentos Drive, Sparkhill on 22 January 2015 as he was working on a large machine used forsorting wastematerial, known as a trommel, and became entangled within it.
A co-worker attempted to perform CPR, while the emergency services were being called, but he sadly died of crush injuries to his head and upper chest. Birmingham Crown Court heard that Master Construction Products(Skips) Ltd wasfound to have failed to ensure the safety of its employees at work, by not taking reasonably practicable measures to minimise the risks of entrapment, crushing and falls when operating the trommel.
Company director Jagbir Singh, aged 37 from Brookmeadow Road, Walsall, was responsible for Health and Safety on the site and an investigation revealed that he had failed to provide the employee with a safe system of work or with safe equipment to work on. The trommel was described as being in a dilapidated, ramshackle and lethalstatewith unguardedmoving parts and no emergency stops. It was surrounded by uneven and waste strewn ground.