Hagemeyer (UK) Ltd were fined a total of £7,000, with costs of
£2,288, awarded to the city council, after pleading guilty to
Section 2(1) of the Health and
Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 For failing to ensure 'the health,
safety and welfare at work of his employees'
Regulation 19 of Management of
Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 'failing to assess the
risks to young persons at work'
The prosecution followed an accident
at Newey and Eyre in December 2001 when a 17 year old employee fell
from the forks of a fork lift truck.
Hagemeyer Uk Ltd had failed in their
duty to provide sufficient health and safety information along with
instruction and training to the injured person and had failed to
conduct a young persons risk assessment for his activities in the
Katherine Batty, Environmental Health
Officer for the city council, said after the hearing, "We are
pleased with the level of fine imposed by the courts. This sends out a
clear message to all employers of the need to comply with health and
safety requirements and to ensure the health and safety of their staff
while at work. It particularly highlights the needs of young people.
We would strongly urge all employers to ensure they place health and
safety in the workplace as a top priority."
For further details on where to obtain
advice on Health and safety contact Peterborough City Council on 01733