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Ealing Council takes action against dangerous cash and carry

A Southall-based cash and carry has been fined over £30,000 by a court after Ealing Council safety inspectors discovered staff were working in dangerous conditions.

In December 2021, Fair Deal Cash and Carry Ltd on Boeing Way in Southall was visited by council inspectors who found large, heavy boxes stacked at dangerous heights, little heating, employees climbing racking to access stock and a lack of risk assessments.

During the visit, inspectors also discovered damaged glass roof panels. Due to the nature of the risk of serious injury it could cause, the business was issued with a notice to stop all access to the area until the roof was repaired.

Despite the notice, when council inspectors returned in March 2022 they found little improvement and only one of four notices issued having been complied with.

On 15 December 2023, Fair Deal Cash and Carry Ltd, and its company director Survir Singh Nagpal of Whitton Dene, Isleworth, pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation. The manager Raj Singh Alwadi of Baron Avenue, Hounslow, had pleaded not guilty and he was found guilty after trial for all three charges on 18 March 2024.

Last month (9 April 2024) all 3 parties were sentenced. Fair Deal Cash and Carry Ltd was fined £18,000, Mr Nagpal was fines £2,123 and Mr Alwadi was finded £3,184. The council was also awarded costs of £6,991.

Ealing Council says Fair Deal Cash and Carry Ltd has now taken steps to become compliant which has included appointing a health and safety advisor.

Councillor Louise Brett, the council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes, said: “Our enforcement team have, again, done some fantastic work in ensuring that local employers are meeting their responsibilities with health and safety.”

Councillor Brett added: “We will continue to support local businesses to ensure that regulations are upheld and employees feel safe in their work environments. We will not hesitate to take the strongest action possible against employers who fail to offer a safe place to work for their team.”

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