£80k health and safety fine for Llanystumdwy caterers

A Gwynedd catering firm has been fined over £80,000 after an employee was hit by a fork lift truck.

Harlech Foodservice admitted two charges of health and safety breaches following an incident at its Llanystumdwy warehouse in August 2015.

An employee driving a power pallet truck suffered serious injuries to his left foot when he was struck by the forks of the approaching fork lift. He needed three operations but has since returned to work.

A Gwynedd County Council investigation found that the firm failed to implement a one traffic system in the depot. The company pleaded guilty to failing in their general duties to ensure the health and safety of all its staff.

On Thursday, Caernarfon magistrates ordered Harlech Foodservice to pay a total of £83,478.95 in fines and costs.

After the case, Gwynedd Council’s senior environment manager, Gareth Jones, said: ”As is always the case, it is always disappointing to see a successful local company before the court. However, the council had no choice but to prosecute in this instance. The company had acted carelessly in terms of their safety arrangements and as a result, an employee suffered serious injuries.”

”We would note that the company fully co-operated with the council’s Public Protection service during the course of the investigation. As a Council, we hope that such cases underline the importance for companies to take their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their staff and others seriously.”