18 October 2007
Firm fined £10K for failing to protect employees
A north-west company has been fined £10,500 and ordered to pay £2,209 in costs for failing to protect warehouse employees from health and safety risks, Workplace Law Network reports.
USI Group was reprimanded by Salford's Environmental Health Team after it ignored warnings.
A hearing at Salford magistrates court was told that the firm, which deals in the buying and selling of clearance branded stocks, had failed to prevent falls from height, was not storing stock correctly and had not trained staff properly.
The council became involved last year after an incident in which a worker injured his hand when a wooden pallet fell on him.
A second accident occurred later when an employee fell from racking while attempting to retrieve fallen stock.
According to magistrates, USI Group had not heeded warnings and had failed to comply with a legal notice ordering that adequate risk assessments be conducted.