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Car repair company fined after breaching enforcement action

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A car repair company and director have been fined after failing to comply with Improvement Notices (IN) issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on June 10, 2016, Rochdale MOT Centre and director, Nazar Hussain, failed to comply with three Improvement Notices that required the thorough examination of three two-post vehicle lifts by the specified dates in the Notices.

HSE investigated the premises at Albion Road Industrial Estate, Rochdale after being alerted to the company by the Local Authority.

The company had also been prosecuted in June 2016 by Rochdale Council for a breach of an abatement notice regarding burning of waste.

Rochdale MOT Centre of Albion Road Industrial Estate, Rochdale, Lancashire and Director, Nazar Hussain pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and were ordered to pay fines of £1,500 and £3,000 respectively.

Both defendants were ordered to pay the full costs of £15,609.14.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Sarah Taylor said: “This case highlights the impact of HSE’s work, ensuring duty holders are held to account for their failings and taking the appropriate action to ensure workers safety.

“All workers have the right to return home from work safe and healthy, both the company and director in this case placed employees at risk of harm by failing to address concerns raised by HSE inspectors.”

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