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Dad crushed to death in textile firm's machine; VICTIM TRYING TO UNBLOCK DEVICE, INQUEST TOLD.

Byline: ROBERT SUTCLIFFE robert.sutcliffe@reachplc.com @MRRSUTCLIFFE

A MAN who got dragged into a machine at a Golcar firm was crushed to death trying to unblock it, an inquest heard.

Javeed Ghaffar, 51, died from terrible injuries following the incident at textile company IFG Drake, in Victoria Lane, in March, 2017.

A jury inquest at City Hall, Bradford, heard the incident occurred as he leant into the machine to remove "laps" - the strands which get wrapped around the rollers.

The machine was being used to make fibres for teabags.

The court heard the experienced operator, a father-of-two known as Gaffer, was working during the night shift in the early hours of March 24 when he got trapped in the rollers.

In dramatic testimony, Chris Reynolds, an eyewitness, said: "I knew we had to get him on the floor."

He said he drove to the Co-op to get a defibrillator and, just as he was about to apply it, "the paramedics turned up and I let them get on with it."

Health & Safety Executive Inspector John Boyle told the hearing an investigation took place into the incident.

Asked by senior coroner Martin Fleming if he had any concerns about how the plant was operated, he replied: "The main concern was that there was a safety guard which prevented access at the front of the machine."

However, he said this did not extend to "the outfeed of the machine.

"The most likely conclusion was that he entered the machine at that location."

An improvement notice was served on the firm designed to improve the guards on the machine and he said a key improvement to its safety was the employment of an "additional staff member, that in the event of an adverse incident the machine could be stopped in time."

A shift manager, Antony Dearnley, who had worked with Mr Ghaffar, was asked about his approach to Health & Safety issues by Mr Fleming. He replied: "To be honest, Gaffer was one of the most Health & Safety people you could meet.

"If he was not happy with anything, he would come and talk about it."

The inquest continues and Mr Fleming said he would be in a position to sum up tomorrow.

Javeed Ghaffar, right, died after an incident at IFG Drake, below, in Victoria Lane; and, below, left, tributes left at the firm

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2019
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