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Wembley bakery owner who failed to ensure safety of worker who fell to his death spared prison

Ezat Mohammed Mohammed Shamselden died whilst carrying out building repairs at a Wembley bakery

Othman Ahmed Hussein was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court(Image: Daily Mirror)

The ex-director of Wembley bakery was spared jail despite breaching health and safety laws which led to the death of a worker.

Othman Ahmed Hussein failed to ensure his employee, Ezat Mohammed Mohammed Shamselden, had the right equipment, skills and and competencies to work from a height.

Southwark Crown Court heard how Egyptian national Ezat fell through a mezzanine floor ceiling while undertaking building repairs at Breadland Bakers Ltd, in Wembley, run by Hussein.

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 8pm to 7am curfew and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100, on September 15.

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.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the worker lacked the skills and equipment to do the job(Image: UGC TNW)

"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."

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

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