A window cleaning firm owner has been fined £100 after failing to produce statutory insurance that enables employees to claim compensation if they suffer a work accident.
Wearedale Cleaning owner and operator Jason Mawson was legally required, as an employer, to insure against liability for injury or disease sustained by his staff resulting from their work.
But when a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector invited Mawson to produce his insurance certificate on various occasions he failed to do so. In addition, Mawson, 44, failed to respond to a formal Notice to Produce on September 3 last year.
On Thursday, Darlington Magistrates’ Court also ordered Mawson, of Crook, County Durham to pay £755.05 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.
Window cleaning dogged by falls
The window cleaning profession is notorious for the danger of slips, trips and falls, emphasising the need for insurance
HSE inspector Victoria Wise said after the hearing: “As well as being a legal requirement, Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance offers important protection for employers and employees alike.”
Without it, she said, workers will not be able to claim compensation from their boss if they become ill or are injured at work.
As many as 148 workers were killed at work in 2012/13. Thousands more were seriously injured or suffered ill-health through the work they did for their employer.