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Poor housekeeping causes trip accident

Messy stocking of shelves

Poor housekeeping creating trip hazards.

A convenience store was prosecuted in January 2002 following a tripping accident to a customer in September 2000. The customer tripped over newspaper plastic binding (used to hold the newspapers together), causing an injury to her hip. She was unable to work for 5 months.

The management of the store had previously been warned about housekeeping issues and were in fact served an Improvement Notice.

The company were fined over £4,5000 in the Magistrates Court.