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Firm fined after employee trapped under stone slabs

A granite business and one of its directors has been fined after a man was trapped under a two-and-a-half tonne pack of stone slabs while unloading a truck in Hillingdon.

The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted M & R Granite & Marble and Monzer Mahmoud Alrayes, a director of the company, over the incident in October last year.

City of London Magistrates' heard the worker, who does not want to be named, was unloading pallets from an articulated truck under the direct supervision of Mr Alrayes, when a pack of stone slabs toppled and fell, trapping the man against another pallet. Injuries to the man's chest and left arm required several operations and many months of post injury therapy and rehabilitation, which are likely to affecthis future employment prospects.

HSE told the court M & R Granite & Marble failed to ensure the man was not exposed to the risk of falling stone slabs during handling operations.
After the hearing, HSE's Inspector Saif Deen said:

"The risks of handling stone slabs and loading or unloading operations from containerised lorries are well known as both the HSE and industry have highlighted. The incident was completely avoidable as many companies have developed methods of safely unloading containers and there is no reason why M & R Granite & Marble should be any different."

Mr Monzer Mahmoud Alrayes of Lancaster Road, Northolt, pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health & Safety etc. at Work Act 1974. He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,079.

M & R Granite and Marble of Unit 20, Brook Industrial Estate, Hayes, Hillingdon, pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health & Safety etc. at Work Act 1974. The firm was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,079.

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