Employees from a manufacturing firm in London could seek compensation after they were ordered to carry out tasks in dangerous conditions.
A number of notices were issued to Skyways Shopfitters - which is located in Uxbridge - between September 2010 and March 2011 following reports of an array of health and safety failures.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - which established its first advisory committees in 1975 - found the company had not supplied suitable storage for flammable items and not provided appropriate lifting training for operators.
Saif Deen from the HSE said: "The seriousness of these breaches was reflected in nine Improvement Notices issued. HSE will not hesitate to take action against employers who shirk their responsibilities in this way."
After pleading guilty to breaching a number of regulations - which included the fact it had failed to repair defective electrical systems - the company was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay full legal costs.
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