Stevenage Magistrates’ Court has fined a Hoddesdon based pitta bread manufacturer, £36,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1912.80 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation11(1) of the Provision(and Use) of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and Regulation 11 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed several safety failings. The court was told that the HSE had issued four Improvement notices after an inspection in April 2015.
The court heard that the company failed to comply with the improvement notices within the given time frame. The HSE prosecuted the firm after finding that the electrical network was unsafe, machinery was not guarded appropriately and there was no health surveillance for exposure to flour dust.
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