Car firm hit by health and safety fine

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."

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