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South Wales builders handed £40,000 fine

A South Wales builders’ merchant has been fined £40,000 after an employee sustained multiple fractures while retrieving supplies from racking.

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Hughes Forrest was also ordered to pay £3,370, the South Wales Argus reported, after pleading guilty to five breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act at Newport Magistrates’ Court on 25 July.

The offences at its site in Pontllanfraith included failure to make a suitable assessment of the risks posed from loading or unloading racking, and failure to provide new employees with induction training or job-specific health and safety training. The company supplies building products and materials across Wales.

“This was a serious incident involving a person becoming injured as a result of a failure to implement policies and procedures and I am pleased that the court has reflected this in the fine,"  said cabinet member for the environment, councillor Eluned Stenner at Caerphilly County Borough Council.


David Gilliver
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