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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Joinery firm and director heavily fined

    By David Brown on December 2, 2013

    A joinery firm from London and a company director have been fined for putting employees in danger.

    Park Royal-based Sunbeam Wood Works Ltd and Stephen Morrison admitted safety breaches at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after they were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive earlier this year.

    Investigators identified a number of serious issues during an inspection on February 10, including the failure to test ventilation systems for extracting potentially harmful wood dust and provide suitable respiratory protective equipment controls or any health surveillance for employees working with hazardous spray paints.

    Two Improvement Notices were served. One required action to be taken to stop health and safety from being compromised, the other required action to protect workers undertaking hazardous activities.

    However, a follow-up inspection in April revealed both were ignored. The court was told that little had changed and that there were still serious faults.

    Personal injury claims

    The failure to take any action could have led to a number of personal injury claims, which would have landed both parties in even more financial trouble.

    In the event of an  accident at work that isn’t your fault, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and its solicitors will use their expertise to ensure that you are paid the maximum possible amount of compensation.

    Sunbeam Wood Works Ltd, of Sunbeam Road, Park Royal, NW10, was fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay £1,460 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    Stephen Morrison, of the same address, was fined £8,000 after pleading guilty of breaching Section 37 of the same Act in his capacity as a director.

    Duty

    “Employers have a duty to protect their workers, but this company carried out high-risk activities with disregard for their health and safety,” said HSE Inspector Saif Deen after the hearing.

    “The seriousness of these breaches was reflected in the Improvement Notices issued, which both the company and Stephen Morrison ignored.”

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