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Work experience student crushed to death at car garage

A man on work experience at Just Mercedes garage in Manchester was fatally crushed by a car that was left in gear and did not have its handbrake on, Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard

On 20 December 2014, Muhammed Zohaib Yasin was observing another employee carrying out repair work on a Vauxhall Corsa.

Yasin was at the front of the car adding antifreeze to the engine, when the mechanic he was working with opened the driver’s door and turned on the ignition. The vehicle shot forward trapping and crushing the 27-year-old.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the car had no defects but it had been left in gear with the handbrake off. 

Employees had no instructions on selecting gears and use of a handbrake when parking vehicles, on or off ramps, nor were employees given instructions on operating the ignition from outside the vehicle. There was also no system in place for the storage of keys.

Just Mercedes pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined  £33,000 with £12,000 costs.


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