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Hot oil injury at takeaway

Corin Williams16/01/2013 - 14:00

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Employee required skin grafts following incident
Employee required skin grafts following incident

A restaurant owner who failed to maintain a deep fat fryer that exploded hot oil over an employee has been given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

The incident took place at Roosters takeaway in Stony Stratford in June 2009. Employee Suyleman Hashim was severely burned when a chicken cooker failed and sprayed oil at over 200 degrees over him.

Despite the pain, Mr Hashim drove to his home where an ambulance was called. He was taken to the specialist burns unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he received attempts to graft skin back onto the severely burnt side of his body.

Owner Saidqur Rahman, 36, failed to report the accident and after taking what Milton Keynes Council called ‘poor business advice’ attempted to dissolve the limited company through Companies House.

But the council was notified by Mr Hashim’s wife of the accident. On visiting the premises EHOs seized the faulty equipment, which had been left under a tarpaulin at the rear yard of the premises.

The cooker was described as a ‘ticking bomb’ after it was discovered to have a blocked pressure relief valve.

A prosecution was taken to Aylesbury Crown Court on 20 December 2012. Mr Rahman pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASWA), the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR).

He was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 2 years, 150 hours of unpaid work and is disqualified from acting as a director of a business for five years.

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