Supermarket fined after staff member slipped on ice

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Supermarket giant Asda has been ordered to pay a £20,000 fine and £33,000 costs after an employee slipped on ice at work.

The company was sentenced at Barnsley Magistrates Court after admitting offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Barnsley Council prosecuted Asda after a worker at the company’s Barnsley store slipped on an ice-covered floor in a storage freezer.

He sustained injuries to his knee which then required an operation.

The court heard that employees were left to chip ice off the floor themselves and sweep it away.

In mitigation Asda stated that since the accident they had spent £31,000 on repairs to the freezer.