Fuel tank manufacturing firm fined and director hit with ban
A fuel tank manufacturing firm has been punished after being found guilty of eight separate health and safety breaches.
Transtore (UK), which is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay £27,507 in costs, a penalty which has pushed it into administration.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company's employees were being exposed to lead and other harmful chemicals.
In addition, Stratford-upon-Avon Magistrates Court heard that staff were asked to work at height without the provision of any safety equipment or the appropriate warning signs.
The director of the firm has now been banned from taking up a similar role with any company for five years after admitting to a succession of health and safety law breaches.
He was also fined £17,000 and ordered to pay £9,169 in costs after pleading guilty to contravening Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
According to HSE statistics, the most number of fatal and serious injuries in UK work environments every year involve employees falling from height.
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