Firm fined for failing health and safety standards

A Kent-based box manufacturing company has been fined for health and safety failings.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how an external consultant had highlighted a number of concerns eight months prior to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visit. The visit found areas including electrical safety, machinery guarding and the storage of materials needed improvement. As the result of concerns raised by an ex-employee, there were two visits by the HSE and a total of 14 notices were served.

W E Roberts (Corrugated) Limited, of Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER); Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was fined £297,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,180.

HSE inspector Robert Hassell said after the hearing: “The need to effectively manage health and safety is not an ideal, it is a regulatory requirement. Employers need to ensure that any issues in relation to health and safety in the workplace that are brought to their attention need to be suitably addressed.”