Croydon company fined £5k after failing to protect workers from personal injury

A rubbish clearance and skip company based in Croydon has been prosecuted after it neglected to take notice of safety warnings and put workers at risk of sustaining a personal injury.

It has been reported that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site in August 2011 to carry out an inspection and found a lift truck had not been properly examined. It was also being operated by staff who had not received sufficient training.

The HSE served the company with two Improvement Notices which meant that the site had until October 2011 to properly train staff and arrange for a qualified engineer to thoroughly check over the lift truck.

However, the company failed to take any action until February 2012, putting workers in danger of being involved in an accident at work.

At a hearing in Westminster Magistrates' Court the company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,500 for neglecting to protect workers from sustaining a personal injury.


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