TWO company directors are to stand trial on November 1 next year accused of manslaughter after a member of staff at their landscaping firm died in an incident involving a robotic arm.

Michael Hall and Rodney Slater, as well as their firm Deco-Pak Ltd, pleaded not guilty at Bradford Crown Court today.

The garden building supplier, based at Deco House in Halifax Road, Hipperholme, was charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of Andrew Tibbott, aged 48, on April 14, 2017.

Hall, 63 of Hullen Edge Lane, Elland, and Slater, 60, of Wellbank View, Rochdale, were both rebailed by Judge Richard Mansell QC.

The trial is expected to last up to five weeks and has been listed as a fixture at Bradford Crown Court.

Judge Mansell ordered that defence expert evidence must be served by February 19.