Fine for breach of health and safety duties

Date: 01/12/2017

Harlech Foodservice Limited, based in Llanystumdwy, has pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching health and safety duties at a hearing at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on 30 November 2017.

The charges related to offences under section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and stem from an accident investigation carried out by Gwynedd Council’s Public Protection Service.

On 13 August 2015 an employee operating a power pallet truck in the company’s warehouse in Llanystumdwy was struck by the forks of a fork lift truck. Investigations concluded that there were health and safety management failures due to the fact that a one traffic system had not been implemented throughout the warehouse. The company also pleaded guilty to failing in their general duty as an employer to ensure the health and safety of all employees.

At the hearing at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on 30 November, the company received a total in fines and costs of £83,478.95.

Gareth Jones, Senior Manager from Gwynedd Council Environment Department said:

"As is always the case, it is always disappointing to see a successful local company before the Court. However, the Council had no choice but to prosecute in this instance. The company had acted carelessly in terms of their safety arrangements and as a result, an employee suffered serious injuries.

“We would note that the company fully co-operated with the Council’s Public Protection service during the course of the investigation.

"As a Council, we hope that such cases underline the importance for companies to take their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their staff and others seriously."