The jury in the trial of garden landscaping supplies firm Deco-Pak and two of its directors has retired to consider its verdicts.

The panel began its deliberations at Bradford Crown Court shortly after 11am yesterday when the city’s Recorder, Judge Richard Mansell QC, had concluded his summing up.

Deco-Pak denies the corporate manslaughter of maintenance engineer Andrew Tibbott on Good Friday, 2017.

Mr Tibbott, 48, was crushed to death when he was pinned by a robotic arm to a conveyor belt after he walked through a gap in the safety fencing on an RM packaging machine.

Company directors, Rodney Slater, 62, of Wellbank View, Rochdale, and Michael Hall, 64, of Hullen Edge Lane, Elland, plead not guilty to Mr Tibbott’s manslaughter by gross negligence.

Deco-Pak and Michael Hall have admitted failing to ensure that employees at the factory in Halifax Road, Hipperholme, were not exposed to risk. Slater denies that charge.

The trial continues.