News Item: £43k Fine for Automotive Firm and Landlord due to Dangerous Platform Lift

A tyre firm and its landlord have been fined a total of £43,333 after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety legislation.

Birmingham Magistrates Court

Blues Tyres Birmingham Limited was fined £26,677 fine and ordered to pay £3,751.35 costs and £170 victim surcharge. The firm's landlord 365 Services Limited was fined £16,666 and ordered to pay £4,000 costs and £170 victim surcharge.

Birmingham City Council brought the prosecution following a routine inspection on 14th February 2019, where a large platform lift was found to be dangerous, with a safety gate missing and a safety interlock and mains control panel bypassed, resulting in a Prohibition Notice.

Whilst inspecting another business on 4th June 2019, at Birmingham Magistrates Court was told, a council Health and Safety inspector found the mains power to the lift had been switched back on; it had been used without the defects rectified.

365 Services Limited was prosecuted under the Section 4 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, while Blues Tyres Birmingham Limited was prosecuted under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.