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Car repair company and director fined after breaching enforcement action

Date:
5 September 2017

A Rochdale based car repair company and director have been fined after failing to comply with Improvement Notices (IN) issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 10 June 2016, Rochdale MOT Centre Limited and director, Nazar Hussain, failed to comply with three Improvement Notices that required the thorough examination of three two-post vehicle lifts by the specified dates in the Notices. HSE investigated the premises at Albion Road Industrial Estate, Rochdale after being alerted to the company by the Local Authority.

The company had also been prosecuted in June 2016 by Rochdale Council for a breach of an abatement notice regarding burning of waste.

Rochdale MOT Centre Ltd of Albion Road Industrial Estate, Rochdale, Lancashire and Director, Mr Nazar Hussain pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and were ordered to pay fines of £1,500 and £3,000 respectively.

Both defendants were ordered to pay the full costs of £15,609.14.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Sarah Taylor said: “This case highlights the impact of HSE’s work, ensuring duty holders are held to account for their failings and taking the appropriate action to ensure workers safety.

“All workers have the right to return home from work safe and healthy, both the company and director in this case placed employees at risk of harm by failing to address concerns raised by HSE inspectors.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent 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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