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Tesco Fined £48,000 For Putting Safety Of Staff At Risk

Tesco has been fined £48,000 over health and safety charges after some of the staff suffered injuries at the workplace.  The Bracknell Forest Council prosecuted supermarket giant Tesco over health and safety offences which involved loading and unloading of vehicles at its store in Warfield.

Employees had suffered injuries in three accidents that took place in two stores in the Bracknell Forest area.  The company admitted the charges and was fined £48,000 with an additional £25,000 in legal costs.

Four charges were laid against Tesco to which they admitted. These include:

  1. Between May 27th – June 4th, 2009, the company failed to provide a safe working environment to the workers in relation to loading and unloading of vehicles.  They failed to provide adequate training, information, supervision and information to their staff and also failed to eliminate risks posed by using an unsafe practice for unloading vehicles.
  2. On May 28th, 2009, the company failed to report an accident to the relevant enforcing authority in which an employee was involved.
  3. Sometime between December 27th, 2009 – January 6th, 2010, the company failed to report an accident to the relevant enforcing authority in which another employee was involved.
  4. On the 26th of March, 2010, the company failed to report a third accident in which an employee was involved.

According to the head of the environmental health, David Steeds, it is important that employers take the necessary steps to minimise risks of accidents and injuries at the workplace.  It is important that employers protect the health of their workers.

In this case, Tesco failed in their duty of care towards their employees and their negligence caused injuries to their workers.

If anyone has suffered accidents at work due to the negligence of their employer, they may be entitled to make accident at work claims.