Near fatal accident: firm fined £30,000

file pic, the Plumb Center and Parts Center, on Barrys Lane, Scarborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121723a  34/04/12
file pic, the Plumb Center and Parts Center, on Barrys Lane, Scarborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121723a 34/04/12

A COMPANY has been fined £30,000 after a worker at its Scarborough warehouse suffered a “near fatal” accident.

The victim suffered multiple injuries including fractured ribs, a punctured lung, broken collar bone and a broken shoulder following the accident at the Plumb Centre in Barry’s Lane last year.

As a result of the incident the Plumb Centre’s parent company Wolseley UK has been prosecuted by Scarborough Council under health and safety legislation.

The council’s Environmental Services was notified in January 2011 of a serious incident in which an employee had been injured due to the failure of a roller shutter door to the main warehouse of the premises.

A court hearing, held at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Friday, saw Wolseley UK fined a total of £30,000, and £1,400 costs awarded to Scarborough Council.

Steve Pogson, Health and Community manager at Scarborough Council said: “This was a very serious incident that could so easily have had fatal consequences.

“The prosecution and heavy penalty should serve as a warning to everyone with health and safety responsibilities that they must ensure they maintain potentially dangerous equipment in a safe manner.”

Following the incident Environmental Health officers initiated a full investigation into the possible causes of the failure of the roller shutter door.

The door was found to have had failures in multiple parts as it had not been properly maintained.

Although the door had been subject to repairs these repairs were only undertaken when a fault occurred rather than part of a planned system of maintenance and inspection.

Mr Pogson added: “Our officers were kept informed by Wolseley UK and their representatives as the company put in place procedures to ensure that all roller shutter doors on their premises are now maintained in an effective way.

“We are pleased at how the company has worked with specialist door engineers to arrive at a comprehensive inspection regime to ensure no future re-occurrences of this nature. It is understood that this inspection and maintenance regime is now being adopted nationally.”