The director of a Northamptonshire company warned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence.
Monoworld Recycling and directors Dhanesh and Nimaye Ruparelia were prosecuted for multiple safety failings involving staff working at height, maintenance of work equipment and controlling risks from electrical systems.
Northampton Crown Court was told the HSE served 15 enforcement notices on the company and three on each of the two company directors, in their case during two months in 2015.
Monoworld Recycling of Irchester Road, Rushden, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 5(1) of the Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 4(1) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It was fined £83,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,000.
Dhanesh Ruparelia of Irchester Road pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1) (a) of Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months. He was also fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7000.
Nimaye Ruparelia of Irchester Road pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(a) by virtue of Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was ordered to complete 150 hours’ community order as well as being fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £7,000 in costs.
HSE inspector Neil Ward said: “The company’s failings in this case have put their workers at risk from serious personal injury. It was clear the overall approach to business risk was haphazard at best, with a culture of negligence, for which the two directors were ultimately responsible.
“The HSE took proactive action throughout its dealings with Monoworld and tried to work with the company when concerns were first raised.”
In March 2015, Monoworld had to pay more than £23,000 in fines and costs for attempting to export contaminated waste to Germany and China.