Tesco Fined For Staff Health And Safety Offences

Tesco has been hit with a huge fine after admitting to putting the safety of its employees at risk.
The supermarket giant was taken to court over a number of health and safety breaches involving the failure to report staff accidents at its stores in Warfield and Sandhurst, in Berkshire, to Bracknell Forest Council.
The retailer admitted to four health and safety charges at Bracknell Magistrates’ Court yesterday, and was subsequently handed an £48,000 fine – £14,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, £10,000 each for two failing to notify charges and £14,000 for the third failing to notify charge, plus a £15 victim surcharge.
Tesco also agreed to pay legal costs of £25,000 to Bracknell Forest Council.
David Steeds, Bracknell Forest’s head of Environmental Health, said: “It’s vital that companies stick to health and safety rules so their employees remain out of danger at work.”
“Unfortunately, Tesco failed to keep to these rules and, as a result, employees were injured – quite seriously in one of the cases – or put in harms way.”
Charles Arrand, defending, said: “Tesco is naturally sorry and happy to say sorry in this public forum in which it finds itself. It is not in Tesco’s interest in any way for its staff to be injured.”
“Tesco does, and has, for many years invested in systems and procedures to try and make sure accidents don’t happen and make sure people do have the right training, the right equipment so as to allow them to arrive at work safely, work safely and go home safely.”