£10,000 fine for putting workers at risk

A Salford textile importer and distributor has been fined £10,000 for putting its workers at risk. 

Salford City Council’s environmental health officers found Pin Mill Textiles Ltd put workers at risk by failing to inspect equipment, not providing the right training for a fork lift truck operator and continuing to use damaged high level racking. 

The firm, of Wardley Industrial Estate, Swinton, pleaded guilty to one offence under section two under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 when they appeared at Salford and Manchester magistrates court. 

They were also ordered to pay £6,200 in costs. 

The court heard that council officers visited the premises routinely to inspect health and safety at the firm and on a revisit found failings from the original inspection had not been remedied.

The company was using a cage lifted by a fork lift truck to raise staff up  approximately six metres to work on high level racking but could not prove it had regularly checked the cage as required by law to make sure it was still fully safe to use. 

The fork lift truck operator had not received the correct training in use of this equipment and some of the racking was so badly dented it was unsafe to use as items could have fallen from the top. 

Pin Mill Textiles Limited remedied all the faults. 

Speaking after the case Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: “Companies must make sure they stay on top of health and safety legislation. It’s there for one reason only – to protect life and limb and it is important.

“We will always work with businesses to help them stay on the right side of the law but will not hesitate to take legal action if necessary.”

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Date published
Thursday 9 November 2017
Reference number
17-8491

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