A car firm has been left facing a bill of almost £6,000 after a worker was injured in a workshop accident.
Trevor Rollin suffered multiple fractures after a tool rack collapsed on him at the International Automotive Components Group in Southwick.
At a hearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, the firm pleaded guilty to a breach of health and safety legislation and was fined £3,200 and £2,600 in costs.
Mr Rollin became trapped under a tool rack, which collapsed while he was using an overhead crane to unload tools.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Fiona MacNeill said: "Mr Rollin was lucky not to have been killed by the racking which overturned.
"Employers should learn a lesson from this incident - that the safety of work equipment cannot be taken for granted. Safety does not manage itself.
"Risk management is a proactive process and employers should assess and prioritise the more serious risks in their premises."