Tesco has been fined £733,333.33 after a 91-year-old customer broke his hip at a Hemel Hempstead store, two months after staff had complained of the risk of slipping on leakage from a refrigeration unit.
When accidents happen, the blame game is never far behind. In an increasingly litigious society, when accidents occur on business premises, they are often followed by legal consequences resulting from breaches in health and safety law.
Stationery supplier WH Smith has been slapped with a bill of nearly £0.5m in fines and costs after a member of the public was left with life-changing injuries when they fell into a basement through a trapdoor on the shop floor at its Taunton store.
Slips and trips are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace in the UK, comprising almost one in three of injuries reported under RIDDOR, and forming a significant part of the workplace-injury cost of £5.3 billion a year.