Northampton Crown Court heard how Monoworld Recycling Ltd had failed to manage risks when its staff worked at height, failed to suitably maintain work equipment and failed to control risks from electrical systems, which ultimately resulted in the company and its two directors being prosecuted after numerous safety failings.

In less than two years, a total of 3 enforcement notices were served on each of the directors, and 15 served onto the company itself by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

An investigation by the HSE found that fork lift trucks were left with broken lights and windscreen wipers, marring drivers’ visibility. Some emergency stop buttons on machinery were marked as broken but still not repaired over a long period of time. It was also found that employees were told to carry out work at height even after a Prohibition Notice was served and staff felt pressurised to complete their work even when they had raised concerns about their safety.

Monoworld Recycling Ltd was fined £83,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,000. One of the directors was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7000.The other director was ordered to complete 150 hours community order as well as being fined £7500 and ordered to pay £7000 in costs.

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