Last reviewed 25 November 2021

A director of a former car salvage company, who failed to comply with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforcement notices served to protect workers in his workplace and visitors to the site, has been sent to prison.

Newport Crown Court was told that, between 2018 and 2021, Tahir Karim was in control of activities and persons working at Long Life Spares, on Graddfa Industrial Estate, Llanbradach.

He failed to comply with four enforcement notices which had been served in relation to structural safety and the use of unsafe forklift truck vehicles.

Furthermore, the HSE established that he was aware of the risks and directed workers to act in a way that contravened the prohibitions and risked their own safety.

Mr Karim was told that he had “failed to ensure that the site has been maintained in a condition that is safe and without risks to health and that there is a safe means of access and egress from it, as the bridge structure that spans between the main building and stone retaining wall is in extremely poor condition and at risk of collapse, which poses a risk of serious injury to employees, persons using the site as a place of work under your control and persons visiting the site”.

He eventually pleaded guilty to four offences that contravened s.33 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Sian Donne, said “We do not tolerate disregard for health and safety and consider the non-compliance of HSE Enforcement Notices as a serious offence”.

Details of the notices that Mr Karim ignored can be found at https://resources.hse.gov.uk/notices/breach/breach_list.asp?ST=B&SN=F&EO=%3D&SF=NN&SV=309468831.