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    RETAILER FINED AFTER FAN AMPUTATES FINGERS

    Maintenance engineer injured during roof fan repair works

    Bristol City Council has prosecuted Ikea Ltd following an accident at the Bristol branch of the business in November 2016. A maintenance engineer suffered amputation of parts of two fingers while checking a fault to a fan on the roof of the building.

    Bristol City Council investigators found that the fan and eight others on the roof were unguarded.

    There was no adequate risk assessment in place for fault-finding or maintenance work of this nature, and the engineer had received no health and safety training from Ikea for this work.

    Lessons have been learned

    During the investigation Bristol City Council’s health and safety inspectors served an Improvement Notice requiring adequate safety precautions put in place to prevent injury from fans and other machinery. These works have since been carried out.

    • Ikea Ltd – admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the company was fined £100,000. It was ordered to pay costs of £6,407 to the Council.

    Senior Ikea Ltd managers were in court and a letter from a board member was read out which expressed remorse for incident and which explained that the lessons taken from this case had been shared throughout their business.

    Councillor Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste and Regulatory Services, said:

    “The health and safety of employees should be a top priority for every employer. We take reports of breaches very seriously and where appropriate we will investigate claims of poor practice.”

     

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