Penny Press UK Ltd ordered to pay over £24,000

Penny Press UK Ltd was ordered to pay over £24,000 at Cardiff Magistrates' Court on October 3, 2017.

This related to an incident on October 29th2015, when a red penny press machine tipped over at the National Museum of Wales in Cathays Park and struck a five year old child causing injuries to his head and arm.

Robert Davies, the director of Penny Press UK Ltd appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court following a guilty plea to one offence under Health and Safety legislation.

It is understood that Penny Press UK Ltd were asked by the National Museum for Wales to modify the red penny press to put it on wheels as they wanted to move it around the museum and display it in different locations.

The prosecution made clear that the company made modifications without adequately considering how this would affect the stability of the machine, failed to carry out a risk assessment and failed to provide written instructions to the museum to tell them that it should be ‘tethered'.

In mitigation for the company Defence Counsel Miles Bennett advised the court that they accepted that written instruction should have been given but they co-operated with the local authority, do not have any previous convictions,have taken steps to rectify the problem and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

District Judge Martin Brown fined the company £10,000 for the offence, ordered the company to pay £1,000 compensation to the child, as well as expert costs of £10,000, the local authority costs of £3,544.70 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Councillor Michael Michael, the Cabinet Member for Cardiff Council responsible for Shared Regulatory Services between Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend Council, said:

"The company failed in their duty to ensure that the machine was safe after they modified it.

"This case could have been far worse and should send a firm reminder to all businesses that they are not only responsible for the health and safety of their own employeesbut also those that are impacted by the service they provide."