A SUPERMARKET giant has been fined £20,000 following a serious accident that left a Wigan woman with a broken jaw.
Shelly Quinn, of Belverdere Place, Worsley Mesnes, suffered a broken jaw after a door slammed shut on her head, as she was driving a forklift truck at Asda Distribution Centre in Skelmersdale in March 2007.
The company was prosecuted by West Lancashire Council and pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching Regulation 5 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
The regulations require that every workplace, including the equipment, devices and systems in that workplace shall be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
The investigation revealed that the door had been malfunctioning before the accident but was not properly repaired.
At Preston Crown Court the company was fined £20,000 and was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £31,250 to West Lancashire Council.
Coun Andrew Fowler, portfolio holder for community services and health, said: “The health and safety of employees at premises in our area is a big priority and when we find that these issues are not being properly protected, we have to take action. We are pleased with the outcome of this particular case, which sends out a clear message that we will prosecute businesses that don’t comply with the law.”
A spokesman from Asda said: “The charge we faced was regarding a failure to maintain a door at Skelmersdale. A warehouse door at the depot moved as a result of an unseen technical issue, and unfortunately hit one of our colleagues.
“The colleague received medical treatment for their injury and happily, made a full recovery.
“The problem with the door was immediately repaired by our specialist maintenance contractors and has shown no further faults.
“We operate a number of similar doors across our depots and this fault had not presented itself previously, nor since this incident.
“The health and safety of our colleagues is our number one priority.”