Tesco divisions' communication failure bring £500k fine
Thursday 6th October 2016
The Tesco Maintenance employee was part of a team carrying out repairs to the roof and gutters of the Tesco Express store in Liscard Village, Wallasey, Merseyside on 13 June 2014 when the incident occurred. He sustained minor injuries after falling 9 m through a fragile skylight onto the shop floor.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that no risk assessment or method statement had been produced for the roof work. Tesco Stores as construction client had given Tesco Maintenance no information about the fragility of the roof to allow it to plan a safe system of work.
Tesco Maintenance pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which cover safe work around fragile surfaces, ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the HSW Act and was fined £300,000 with £624 costs.
"I am shocked at a company the size of Tesco failing to take even basic precautions to prevent injury to its employees and further, to risk injury to the public," said HSE inspector Chris Hatton.