Sainsbury's fined for bad parking

Sainsbury’s has been fined £4,000 after delivery lorries to one of its Rugby stores repeatedly parked on a pavement, breaching a planning notice.

The supermarket was found guilty of four breaches of the condition notice at a hearing at Warwickshire Justice Centre on 5 January.

The council said it was the third time the store had been prosecuted for the breach after magistrates imposed fines in April and September 2015.

The court heard the store had been granted planning permission with the condition that all delivery vehicles parked in the boundary of the site while unloading.

However, from August 2012 the council received complaints about vehicles parking on Hillmorton Road while making deliveries.

A breach of condition notice was served in August 2013 and the supermarket was fined £1,000 and a further £2,000 for breaches.

In January, Sainsbury’s was found guilty, in its absence, of a further four breaches in October and November 2015. Magistrates fined the store £1,000 for each breach, ordered it to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £384 costs.

Councillor Heather Timms, the Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for development, said: “This condition was included in the planning permission granted to Sainsbury’s to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers on Hillmorton Road. Our planning enforcement team aims to resolve issues through constructive dialogue, but unfortunately we have been forced to take the matter to court.”

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: “This was a third-party supplier delivering to our store and we have reinforced the fact with the supplier that all delivery vehicles should be parked in a responsible manner and according to our planning conditions.”

Chris C Hazel Haulage boss fined after worker dragged into machine

The owner of a Shropshire haulage and shot-blasting business has been fined for safety failings after a worker’s hand was dragged into an unguarded machine.

In March 2013 John Bagley, who was working for Woofferton-based Chris C Hazel Haulage, suffered serious crush injuries when the leg of his overalls got caught in the machine’s drive mechanism. His hand was dragged into the machine as he tried to free himself.

Bagley’s right thumb was severed in the incident. He also fractured his upper arm, broke his lower arm, shattered his wrist and broke most of his fingers. Plates had to be inserted in his hand, and he required skin grafts to his hand and thigh, which had been gouged by the machine.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the business had not undertaken a proper risk assessment in relation to the machine, which was used to shot-blast solid fuel cooker parts.

Owner Christopher Hazel had not written down anything about the machine and he had not made employees aware of the significance of it not being fitted with a guard. The HSE said it was imperative that workers did not have access to moving parts.

Christopher Charles Hazel was fined £8,000 with £10,464.31 in costs at Shrewsbury Crown Court on 6 January, after pleading guilty to breaching the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 at a separate hearing on 5 November 2015.

At a previous hearing on 30 September 2015, Hazel was found not guilty of a charge under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

Chris C Hazel Haulage has an O-licence authorising up to eight vehicles and seven trailers across two sites in Woofferton and Moreton-on-Lugg, Hereford.