Dnata Limited has been fined after safety failings were discovered by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection of the site in Middlesex.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that on 23 April 2015 a HSE Specialist Radiation Inspector attended the Middlesex site and identified various breaches of the lonising Radiations Regulations 1999. HSE subsequently served two Improvement Notices on the company requiring compliance by no later than 12 June 2015.
The follow up visit on the 2 July 2015 found Dnata Limited had not complied with the requirements of one of the notices; it was found that the shielding provided by the dedicated radioactive substances store was still inadequate.
Dnata Limited of Unit 3 Northumberland, Stanwell, Middlesex pleaded guilty to having contravened an Improvement Notice served by an Inspector using his power under Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The company has been fined £534,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8816.24.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal Inspector John Crookes said: “Dnata failed to comply with enforcement action, and put employees at risk of exposure to ionising radiation, by failing to install the appropriate level of shielding in the radioactive substances store.”