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Bingo Company Fined after Forklift Accident

  • 20 Aug 13
  • Written by Deena Chance

altA bingo company in Loughborough has recently been fined over £36,000 after one of its employees was almost killed by a forklift truck at one of its clubs. The victim suffered a shattered rib and a punctured lung as he was working at Beacon Bingo in Loughborough’s Belton Road West and a forklift truck crashed into him.

The accident occurred as the victim was helping the forklift driver to move a slot machine into a nearby skip, and following the incident, he was rushed to hospital for treatment. However, after his release, he underwent a relapse and had to be readmitted although he has since made a full recovery.

The bingo company were prosecuted by Charnwood Borough Council following the accident which occurred on 5th September 2012, and took the blame when he case was recently heard in Leicester Magistrates Court on 1st August 2013. Prosecutors from the council told the court that the accident could have been prevented if Beacon Bingo Ltd had done more to ensure that safe working practices were followed. Following the accident last year, the council carried out a full investigation and concluded that the company had neglected to provide sufficient safety information to visitors and employees at the site or carry out “reasonable” risk assessments.

Beacon Bingo Ltd is owned by Prasepe, and its commercial director, Byron Evans, plead guilty to four charges when the case was heard at Leicester Magistrates Court. The charges included failure to carry out appropriate risk assessments, failure to provide sufficient safety information for visitors and employees, and failure to perform a lifting operation in a safe manner.

After considering their verdict for an hour, the magistrates ordered the company to pay up just over £36,000, which is made up of £7,500 for each of the four charges, £6,300 for the council’s costs, and a £20 victim surcharge.

Jane Hunt is Charnwood Borough Council’s Regulatory Services cabinet member, and she described Beacon Bingo’s failure to protect their employee as “an outrageous breach of basic health and safety rules, which could very easily have taken someone’s life.” She added that “there is no excuse for endangering the lives of employees” and that the court sentence will hopefully serve as a very clear reminder that safety rules should always be adhered to.

Prasepe also operates an online games site as well as other land-based UK clubs under the Beacon Bingo name.

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