A West Yorkshire pie firm has been found guilty of health and safety breaches after a man died when one of its ovens exploded.
David Cole died in the explosion at Andrew Jones Pies Limited in 2009 and a jury at Leeds Crown Court unanimously found that the company had breached three health and safety regulations. No criminal prosecutions were ever brought and the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to bring a charge of gross negligence manslaughter against the directors of the company. However, there is anger over the possibility that nobody will be punished.
The original company went into administration in 2011 but its assets and some workers were re-employed by a new firm called AJ Pies. Though the new directors had no link to the previous company, they have also employed Andrew Jones himself.