AN accident at work has led to a fine and costs totalling over £53,000 for Asda.

The supermarket giant appeared in Barnsley Magistrates' Court on May 30 for sentencing following an earlier hearing when they entered a guilty plea to offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Barnsley Council took the prosecution against the company following a reported accident to an Asda employee at their Barnsley store in August 2011.

He had slipped on an ice-covered floor in a storage freezer. He sustained injuries to his knee which then required an operation.

The employee had a number of months of work.

The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £33,000 costs plus £15 victim surcharge.

District Judge Foster, who heard the case, commented that Asda Stores Ltd had shown a dereliction of their responsibilities. He said they had inadequate systems in place and there were unacceptable delays in seeing problems.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: "Barnsley Council has a duty to investigate injuries and will take appropriate action to ensure that all the borough’s employers operate a safe working environment for their staff."