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Tesco fined £.5m following fall from height incident

06 October 2016

Tesco Stores and Tesco Maintenance have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and received fines totalling £500,000, after a worker fell through the skylight of one of the retailer's stores.

An employee of Tesco Maintenance fell 9m, landing in the shopping aisle of the company's Liscard Express store in Liscard Village, Wallasey.

The incident occurred on 13 June 2014, when a maintenance team was involved in repairing the store's roof and gutters.

Despite the 9m fall, the employee escaped with just minor injuries.

A subsequent investigation by the HSE revealed that no risk assessment had been completed and a method statement had not been created before the repairs were started.

During the case, conducted at Liverpool Crown Court, it was also stated that Tesco Stores had failed to inform Tesco Maintenance of the fragile skylights.

Tesco Stores, of Tesco House, Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, was fined £200,000 with over £700 costs, after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 and Regulation 10 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

Tesco Maintenance, of the same address, received a fine of £300,000 with over £600 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 9 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 and also Section 3(1) of the same Act.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Chris Hatton said he was "shocked" that a business of Tesco's size had failed "to take even basic precautions to prevent injury to its employees and further, to risk injury to the public".

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