The Health and Safety Executive says it is “shocked” by supermarket giant Tesco’s maintenance procedures.
An employee of Tesco Maintenance Ltd escaped with minor injures after falling 30ft
through a skylight.
Failure to check skylights
The incident happened at the Tesco Express store in Liscard Village, Wallasey, in June 2014.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that worker Andrew Burgess was part of a team carrying out repairs to the roof and gutters of the store.
Mr Burgess plunged through the roof but walked away without a single broken bone.
However, he did suffer cuts, bruises and some muscle damage.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Chris Hatton said: “Contractors should treat all roofs with care and check before starting any work if they are fragile. I am shocked at a company the size of Tesco failing to take even basic precautions to prevent injury to its employees and further, to risk injury to the public”
Supermarket fined for health and safety breaches
Tesco Stores Ltd of Tesco House, Shire Park, Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 10 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £200,000 with £712.70 costs
Tesco Maintenance Ltd of Tesco House, Shire Park, Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £300,000 with £624.60 costs.
Simon Antrobus, defending both companies, says they both have good health and safety records and express regret and apology over the incident.
“What went wrong was that both companies failed to identify it had fragile roof panels,” he explained, adding, “There were procedures but on this occasion they were not implemented.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: October 13, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown