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Builders merchants fined £12,000 for forklift truck accident

Published Friday, 24 May 2013

A building merchant has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £5,199 costs after admitting two health and safety breaches after a member of the public was injured in a forklift truck accident

JJ Roofing Supplies based in Hopper Road, Winchmore Hill, pleaded guilty at Tottenham Magistrates' Court on Friday (May 25) to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) following the accident at its yard in May 2012.

The company was prosecuted by Enfield Council after an investigation into the incident uncovered areas of concern relating to a lack of training and supervision.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "This was a tragic and avoidable accident which left a member of the public with two metal bolts in his ankle. This prosecution sends a strong message that businesses need to take the safety of everyone visiting their premises seriously and make sure their staff are properly trained before using dangerous machinery.

"Enfield Council is happy to work with companies to make sure their systems are safe but we will not hesitate to prosecute when their activities can, or do, endanger staff, customers or other visitors."

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