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Textile factory owner fined for insurance failings

Date:
31 August 2016

The owner of a textiles firm has been prosecuted after failing to demonstrate that up-to-date insurance was in place.

Merthyr Magistrates’ Court heard that William Cuthbert trading as BC Shirts, failed to provide evidence of Employer’s Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over a period of six months.

William Cuthbert, trading as BC Shirts, of Unit 4, Oaklands Business Park, Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taf was charged with breaching the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 and was fined £1000 in total and ordered to pay costs of £9,143.35.

Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Wayne Williams said:

“Failure to provide suitable insurance puts workers at risk of not being adequately compensated in the event of an injury or illness sustained whilst at their place of work”

Information on ELCI requirements can be found here:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/get.htm

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  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
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