Suffolk Company Fined for Putting Workers Lives at Risk

A company based in Suffolk has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after inspectors found conditions that could easily lead to work accidents

Suffolk Mushrooms Limited, which is based in St Edmunds was also found to be housing 37 of its employees in a disused office block with a potentialy unsafe gas boiler.

The HSE found that the heating system was powered by LPG, which was situated in the men’s toilet did not have a safety certificate which is a legal requirement. 

The company admitted to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work act and were consequently fined £10,000 and £750 for not having a landlord Gas Safety Report. 

A spokesperson for the HSE released the following statement: “What we discovered at this farm was very disturbing. It is difficult to believe that workers can be exposed to such unnecessary risks.

“Suffolk Mushrooms invested more than £1.5m in refurbishing its factory and mushroom growing equipment, yet failed to spend even a few hundred pounds to keep its employees safe.

“The workers were from Eastern Europe and most were unable to speak good English, and so were vulnerable to this type of exploitation.

“There is absolutely no excuse to treat employees like this. There is plenty of free advice and guidance available from HSE to help businesses comply with the law and keep people safe. HSE will not hesitate to take action against companies failing to comply with the law.”

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