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‘Reckless’ director prosecuted by Enfield Council

Published Friday, 23 October 2015

A company director whose employee was seriously injured because of a failure of management has been ordered to pay more than £22,000 after Enfield Council prosecuted him.

Ramiz Baliaj broke an arm and several ribs when he fell after being told to jet wash the roof of Naila’s restaurant in Meridian Way, Edmonton on 29 September 2012 while the building was being refurbished. His boss Mamun Uddin, 48, of Regents House, Blackheath, denied the charge, but was found guilty of two charges under health and safety laws at Wood Green Crown Court in July.

At a sentencing hearing on 16 October Uddin was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000. During his trial the judge said Uddin had been “reckless and cavalier” and shown a “breathtaking lack of concern”.

The court heard that Mr Baliaj had been ordered to jet wash the roof, but rather than use proper safety equipment was told to use a piece of rope to attach himself to various points. He slipped and fell and sustained serious injuries prompting Enfield Council to investigate the incident.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said “Companies need to take responsibility for the welfare and safety of their employees; in this case there was a clear lack of care and an appalling breach of health and safety standards, which directly contributed to this terrible incident.

“Mr Baliaj suffered a serious injury as a result of the use of inappropriate work equipment. It is frankly a miracle he wasn’t killed in what was an entirely avoidable tragedy.

“Enfield Council will not hesitate to prosecute any employers who do not take its health and safety responsibility to workers seriously.”

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