The managing director of a Hertfordshire company specialising in recycling of wood waste has been prosecuted for safety failings.
Stevenage Magistrates’ Court heard how Janbor Limited was served with three Improvement Notices in October last year relating to work activity at its plant, but failed to comply with them.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served the notices and then prosecuted the firm’s director, rather than the company, for its failure to comply.
Jan Willem Boruch (sole director of Janbor Limited), of Barleycroft End, Furneux Pelham, was fined a total of £8,000 and ordered to pay £2,089 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Alison Ashworth said: “This case highlights the importance of complying with enforcement notices, and the potential consequences for the directors of companies where there is a failure to do so. This prosecution arose from relatively minor breaches observed during a routine inspection of a small company that could have been easily avoided had the defendant taken the simple remedial action required.”
For more information about Improvement Notices visit the website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/enforce/enforcementguide/notices/notices-types.htm
Notes to Editors:
- 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
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
- HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk