London garage fined after customer is crushed by car

The Health and Safety Executive says the man is “lucky to be alive”

A garage in Tottenham, North London, has been fined £12,000 after a customer was crushed by his own car.

Mahmut Emanet was left standing under his Ford Galaxy when it was taken for service at Silver Street Service Garage in August 2022. While left unattended, the car fell off a vehicle lift, crushing Mr Emanet.

He spent six days in a critical care unit after he sustained serious crush injuries and has been left with permanent and life changing injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Silver Street Service Garage Limited failed to ensure that members of the public were not exposed to health and safety risks. The company also failed to ensure that the equipment had been thoroughly examined for any defects.

Company director Seyit Dilek, who was in control of the garage at the time of the incident, was directly responsible for the way work was conducted and access was managed on site. The HSE said he failed to ensure that members of the public were not exposed to health and safety risks.

HSE inspector Michelle Morphy said: “Mr Emanet is lucky to be alive. This incident could have been avoided if he had simply been asked to stay in the waiting area provided for members of the public.

“Instead, not only was he left to move freely around the two-post vehicle lift on which his vehicle was raised, he was asked by a director of the business to assist with the work being carried out, in the minutes before it fell.”

The garage pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and guilty to a contravention of Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

It was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £2,406 costs at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 7 December 2023.

For his part, Mr Dilek pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) by virtue of Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

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