Beacon Bingo Ltd. Fined £36,000

Beacon Bingo Ltd. Fined £36,000

Written by: Glo Wood on 10/08/2013 18:55

An employee of a bingo hall was nearly killed by a forklift truck resulting in the company receiving a £36,000 fine.

The employee suffered a punctured lung and a shattered rib after he was hit by the forklift while on the job at Beacon Bingo Ltd. He was helping the forklift driver to place a slot machine into a skip.

The man was hospitalized twice but made a full recovery.

The bingo company took full responsibility for the incident before the Leicester Magistrates' Court on August 1st.

Byron Evans, the commercial director of Prasepe, in Milton Keynes, owner of Beacon Bingo Ltd, faces four charges for the company for failing to implement appropriate risk assessments, failing to provide adequate safety information for employees, failing to provide adequate safety information for visitors and failing to carry out a lifting operation safely.

After hour of consideration, the magistrates fined the company £7,500 per charge, ordered £6,300 to be paid to Charnwood Borough Council's costs plus a victim surcharge of £20.

Councillor Jane Hunt, said: "This outrageous breach of basic health and safety rules could very easily have taken someone's life.

"Our investigation exposed poor working practices and this sentence should serve as a very stark reminder that safety rules must be adhered to.

"The council works with businesses to ensure they have all they need to operate in safety. There is no excuse for endangering the lives of employees."

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