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Woodworking Firm Fined For Safety Breach in Leeds

Posted By Kerry Budworth on 2015-10-14 20:47

Workplace injury incident leads to fine

A woodworking firm, Spa Laminates Limited, was fined for safety breaches after stacks of boards fell onto two employees during their working day and injured both of them, one seriously.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that, in August 2012, a fork-lift truck was working closely with two pedestrians during a lifting operation. The forklift hit a stack of boards which knocked into one worker. He then fell onto a second stack stack of boards knocking them on top of a second worker. Both employees were injured with one employee breaking both his legs in the incident.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and brought the prosecution.  Spa Laminates Limited, of Pepper Road, Leeds, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £7,438 costs.