Man told fire crew not to cut colleague's son from machine

Monday 22nd September 2014 11:35 EDT

A court heard that a pizza shop boss reportedly told a fire crew not to cut a colleague's son from a dough rolling machine, because it will cost him money.

Sajid Mahmood, the former owner of Pizza De Roma, on Gospel Lane, Olton, told emergency services the equipment cost £1,500. And he reportedly urged them to dismantle the machine instead of freeing the injured and crying child with cutting tools.

Crews were worried the youngster, the son of Sajid's colleague, could have lost three fingers on his right hand which were trapped between the rollers of the machine.

But the court was told customers were still being served meals when firefighters arrived to rescue him on March 17 last year.

When the boy was freed, his fingers were compressed and blue. The court heard he went on to make a full recovery.

Mahmood, pictured, who has now sold the venue, later admitted four breaches of health and safety law and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £7,000 costs.

Mohammed Hussain, defending, said Mahmood had been trying to help the rescue operation by asking crews to dismantle rather than cut the machine.

He said: “He was agitated this incident was taking place and felt helpless. He was trying to help the situation, not hinder it.”

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