Fine Imposed for Unreported Work Accidents in Tesco Supermarket

A fine of 48,000 pounds has been imposed for unreported work accidents in a Tesco grocery store after a health and safety investigation by Bracknell Forest Council.

The council discovered three specific incidences of the company “failing to report an accident to the relevant enforcing authority” between May 2009 and March 2010 and health and safety offences in the Tesco store at Warfield in the area reserved for the loading and unloading of vehicles.

The council claimed that the work accidents at the Tesco grocery store were due to Tesco´s failure to provide adequate training, supervision and information to their staff and also for the grocery store´s failure to eliminate risks posed by using an unsafe practice for unloading delivery vehicles.

Tesco admitted that they had failed in their duty of care towards their employees and that their negligence had caused injuries sustained at work in Tesco. The company was fined 48,000 pounds and ordered to pay 25,000 pounds in costs to Bracknell Forest Council.

Speaking after the work accidents in Tesco grocery store case had been heard, 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 harm´s way.”