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Manchester company fined over employer liability insurance

14 September 2017

A Manchester linen manufacturer has been fined for failing to provide Employers Liability (Compulsory) Insurance (ELCI).

Following the receipt of an anonymous complaint in April 2017, an inspection was conducted at the site by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard that during the inspection it became clear that T & W Linen Co Ltd did not have Employers Liability (Compulsory) Insurance.

T & W Linen Co Ltd of Denton Road, Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 1(1) of the Employers Liability (Compulsory) Insurance Act 1969 and was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £429.89.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Jennifer French said: “Every employer needs to ensure that they have Employers Liability (Compulsory) Insurance is in place to insure against liability for injury or disease to their employees arising out of their employment. Where employers are found to be in breach of this requirement, they will be held to account by HSE.”

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.
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  4. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. Employees who are injured or suffer ill as a result of work may claim compensation if they believe the employer is responsible. The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 requires that employers have at least a minimum level of insurance cover (£5 million) against any such claims. For further information on this visit:

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