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Town's Asda Fined After Council Prosecution

Monday June 3 2013


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


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."

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Reply Posted by maxine on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 17:36
As an employee I slipped on a piece of meat in a non food asda and broke my ankle... they wouldn't accept responsibility even though I took it to THREE solicitors! My foot has never recovered properly!! Well done to this employee for winning!

Reply Posted by eddy on Friday June 7 2013 at 22:21
Bloody hell not everything bit of water or if something has fell on the floor can't always be helped..just people look for some money