April 2012

Tesco Accidents at Work Fines Imposed

Tesco has acceped failing in its duty of care towards employees at their Warfield after an investigation found that Tesco accidents at work were not being reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

Bracknell Forest Council examined three separate Tesco accidents at work between May 2009 and March 2010 in which staff had been hurt and no report had been filed to the relevant enforcing authority.

Inspectors from the Environmental Health Department of Bracknell Forest Council also found proof that Tesco had failed to provide adequate training and enforce safe working practices in the loading and unloading area of its Warfield store – further placing employees at risk of injury.

Tesco accepted the charges made against the company and were fined 48,000 pounds after an official hearing. Bracknell Forest Council recovered a further 25,000 pounds for the costs involved with the examination and for bringing the compensation case against Tesco.

“It’s vital that companies stick to health and safety rules so their employees remain out of danger at work”, stated Bracknell Forest’s head of environmental health, David Steeds, after the Tesco accidents at work case had been heard. “Unfortunately, Tesco failed to keep to these rules and, as a result, employees were injured – quite seriously in one of the cases – or put in harm´s way.”