Porthmadog company fined for breach of health and safety law

Date: 28/06/2017

In a recent case at Caernarfon Magistrates Court, guilty pleas were submitted to charges of breaching health and safety law by the Ffrwythau DJ Fruits company limited, Porthmadog and its managing director, Mr Gethin Dwyfor.
The charges that were considered on 25 May 2017 in relation to offenses under the Health and Safety at Work etc 1974 and stems from an accident that occurred on the DJ Fruit site on 19 December 2014. On that day there was an independent contractor carrying out repair work at height on the company's warehouse door. The contractor was standing on a wooden palette raised with a forklift when he fell and severely injured his right hand, his main hand. Two fingers were amputated along with a serious injury to his little finger.
In a further hearing at Llandudno Magistrates Court on 15 June, the defendants received a total in fines and costs of £30,340.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
"It is always disappointing to see a successful local company before the Court, but in this case the Council had no choice but to prosecute. The company was very careless with their safety arrangements and as a result, an individual received serious injuries and will have to deal with the consequences for the rest of his life.
"Hopefully, the total size of the fine - £26,000 – will provide a lead for companies in Gwynedd to take their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their staff and others seriously."