Merton Council’s Environmental Health Service has successfully prosecuted a Mitcham company after one of its customers was hurt in an accident.

Merton Timber Limited appeared before Wimbledon magistrates on 11 April and pleaded guilty to three charges under Health & Safety legislation. The case was bought following an accident to a customer last year where a number of heavy worktops fell injuring the man’s foot and leg.

A subsequent inspection found a number of health and safety problems including missing guard rails on a floor three metres above ground level and also dangerous working practices with fork lift trucks.

The company was fined £1000 on each of three charges and ordered to pay £418 in costs. The court accepted the company’s mitigation that these were first offences and that they had taken corrective action almost straight away.

However the Chairman of the magistrates said the injury to the customer was quite serious and the potential for serious harm caused by the poor health and safety management at that time made the penalties appropriate.

Commercial and Trading Standards Manager, Wendy Martin, said: “It is important that people in Merton can work and shop in safety and we feel this is an important victory. We are pleased to say that the company involved did take prompt action to address the problems.”