Fine for firm that failed to hold statutory insurance

A company which provides and installs solar panels pled guilty to breaching Section 1(1) of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

Section 1 imposes a legal requirement upon companies to hold Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance which protects the employer against liability for their employee’s bodily injury or disease, and allows employees to claim compensation following injury at work. Employers must also make available to their staff the details of their insurance. Public organisations and certain micro-companies are exempt from this obligation.

While this is an unusual prosecution as no specific safety failings had occurred, the HSE considered the company’s failure to hold statutory insurance to be a serious matter and the company was fined and ordered to pay costs.

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