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Accident while exporting used cars to Pakistan left company director facing jail

A director of a firm preparing used cars for recycling has received a suspended jail sentence for health and safety breaches.

The prosecution by the HSE came after a worker suffered severe crush injuries to his left arm and was trapped for two hours while he was helping to move scrap cars into the back of a shipping container, ready for their export to Pakistan where the metal would be sold for recycling.

It took the combined effort of three fire crews, a specialist major rescue unit, two air ambulances, a medical team from Manchester Royal Infirmary and three ambulance crews to rescue him.

Ultimate Traders, of Bridgewater Road in Wembley, and director Nasir Rashid, of Greenford, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to breaches of the 1974 Health and Safety At Work Act.

Rashid was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and Ultimate Traders was given a nominal fine of £2 after discussions concerning the company’s finances.

The court was told Ultimate Traders failed to report the incident to the HSE for nearly three months despite being told it was a legal requirement. 

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