Morrisons: Slippery tiles Leeds store fined £12,000

A supermarket chain has been fined £12,000 over unsafe flooring in a new Leeds store.

Morrisons was given the fine at Leeds Magistrates Court after admitting a breach of health and safety rules at its Rothwell store.

The court heard that before the store was built, in February 2009, officials warned the firm that it should not use terrazzo tiles in its food preparation areas, as they were dangerous if food or liquid was spilt.

Use of the same tiles in other stores had been a factor in previous slipping accidents, the court heard.

Leeds City Council brought the prosecution after deciding Morrisons had failed to ensure surfaces were appropriate.

Coun James Monaghan, council health and safety chief, said: "We hope this sends out the message that safety of employees is of vital importance and that employers must take their responsibilities seriously."

Morrisons said: "Customer and colleague safety is of paramount

importance to us. The matter has now been resolved."

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