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Accident repair company fined for failure to comply

Date:
8 December 2015

An accident repair company has been fined after it failed to comply with an improvement notice.

Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard DM Accident Repair Centre Limited of Neath had a routine inspection by an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive from which an improvement notice was served. The company had been using a spray booth to spray isocyanate paints, and the spray booth had not been inspected by a competent person.

The court heard that the owner, who had been uncooperative, failed to comply with the notice, despite several efforts by HSE staff to explain the need for compliance and how to comply.

DM Accident Repair Centre Limited, of Old Road, Skewen, Neath, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,666 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 9(2) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH), and Section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

For more information about COSHH visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ 
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