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Tesco fined £48,000 for putting staff safety at risk after council prosecution

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Tesco fined £48,000 for putting staff safety at risk after council prosecution Tesco fined £48,000 for putting staff safety at risk after council prosecution

Supermarket giant Tesco was today fined £48,000 for putting the safety of its staff at risk after a successful prosecution by Bracknell Forest Council.

The council’s environmental health team, in conjunction with the council’s legal team, prosecuted the multi-million company at Bracknell Magistrates' Court for a string of health and safety offences.

The charges related to the unloading and loading of vehicles at its Warfield store and failing to properly report three staff accidents at work - at two different stores in the Bracknell Forest area.

Tesco admitted the charges and was fined a total of £48,000 plus the council was awarded £25,000 in legal costs. A £15 victim surcharge was also made against the company.

The offences that Tesco admitted were: 

1. Between May 27, 2009, and June 4, 2009, at Tesco in Warfield the company failed to provide a safe working system relating to the loading and unloading of vehicles; failed to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to operational and managerial staff relating to the loading and unloading of vehicles; failed to eradicate the use of an unsafe practice, namely the use of a metal plate to unload vehicles.

2. On 28 May 28, 2009, Tesco failed to notify the relevant enforcing authority forthwith of an accident that occurred to employee, Michael Cooper, at its Warfield store.

3. At some point between December 27, 2009, and January 6, 2010, Tesco failed to notify the relevant authority of an accident that occurred to employee, Anne Edmunds, at its Warfield store.

4. On March 26, 2010, Tesco failed to notify the relevant enforcing authority forthwith  of an accident that occurred to employee Vishnu Parupati at its store at The Meadows in Sandhurst.

David Steeds, head of environmental health, said: "It's vital that companies stick to health and safety rules so their employees remain out of danger at work. Unfortunately, Tesco failed to keep to these rules and as a result employees were injured, quite seriously in one of the cases, or put in harms way.

"I'm pleased Tesco admitted the charges in court and that the magistrates sitting agreed the charges were serious enough to warrant a £48,000 fine plus £25,000 costs. I hope this sends a warning to all companies that health and safety measures should be in place and followed or else we will prosecute them on behalf of the welfare of their staff."

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