£18k fine after shop delivery fell on worker at west Hull supermarket
A SUPERMARKET and a haulage firm have been fined a total of £18,000 after a delivery fell on to a worker, leaving her seriously injured.
Sainsbury's employee Barbara Jenkinson suffered spinal injuries and a fractured pelvis when a 265kg cage containing groceries fell out of a delivery lorry.
She was off work for almost two years following the accident, which happened on June 25, 2010, outside the store in Bricknell Avenue, west Hull.
Hull Crown Court heard the driver had failed to properly secure the cage.
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Wincanton Group Ltd had provided the drivers for Sainsbury's, and, despite training its own staff, had failed to ensure the agency staff it used from Tranline were also trained.
It has pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Sainsbury's pleaded guilty to the same charge. The court heard it was the first incident of its kind, despite more than one million cage deliveries being made to Sainsbury's every year.
Judge Simon Jack fined both firms £9,000 and ordered them to pay £5,311.11 in court costs and a £15 victims' surcharge.
He told representatives from the companies: "This incident had very serious consequences for Mrs Jenkinson.
"She was in a great deal of pain and required extensive treatment. The accident has changed her life and she will always have aches and pains as a result of it.
"You have both accepted responsibility in part for the accident that occurred.
"Wincanton had a responsibility and a duty to ensure the delivery drivers they were using had had the proper training and they failed in this.
"Sainsbury's had a responsibility towards its employee but I'm satisfied it is not primarily responsible for this accident, because if it hadn't been for the failure on the part of Tranline, the roll cage would never have come off.
"I'm satisfied that such involvement as they had with the accident was not through any lack of care by them for their employee, it was a general breakdown in communication which shouldn't have happened."