Retailer Iceland Foods has this week been fined £2.5m following the death of a contractor working at height at a store in Rotherham in October 2013.
The food giant’s fine, the largest to date in 2017, was handed down in a sentencing hearing at Grimsby Crown Court, following a three-week trial held at Sheffield Crown Court in July 2017.
In the trial, Iceland was found guilty of breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The charges were brought by Rotherham Council following the fatal accident at the Iceland store on Sycamore Road, Rotherham, on 28 October 2013.
Contractor Tony Hopkins was at the store to replace filters within an air conditioning unit, which was located on a “plant platform” above a suspended ceiling in the store’s warehouse.
Hopkins fell almost 3m from the platform and through the suspended ceiling, sustaining fatal injuries.
An investigation by Adrian Monkhouse, principal environmental health officer at the council, revealed that there were no barriers in place to prevent falls from the platform.
In addition, the area of the platform immediately in front of the access ladder was restricted, measuring just 45cm in width, and there were several tripping hazards in this area, including cabling and the fixing points for the ladder itself.
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