STB Foods Ltd convicted after breaching health and safety regulations
In July 2017, Wolverhampton Council’s Environmental Health Officers visited STB Foods Ltd after a food safety inspection raised health and safety concerns.
The officers found that food storage racks holding heavy goods were bent, split and not fixed to the floor. This put the racks at risk of collapse.
On 3 June 2019, STB Foods Limited pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court fined the company £16,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £18,728.45 and a victim surcharge of £170. The company has been ordered to pay the total amount of £34,898.45 by 3 September 2019.
A Cabinet member at Wolverhampton Council, Steve Evans, said: "Not having stable apparatus in place puts customers and employees at serious risk of harm. As a council, we always try to work with businesses to ensure they are taking health and safety seriously but will not hesitate to use the power of the law to keep the public safe and free from harm.”
A follow-up inspection found that the business has since replaced all damaged racks.
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