A Hemel Hempstead business has been fined more than £88,000 for health and safety breaches after a court found it failed to protect workers.

Max Powder, which operates from Apsley Industrial Estate in Kents Avenue, was fined a total of £88,240 at St. Albans Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to multiple offences contrary to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The company were ordered to pay costs of £8,050, a victim surcharge of £190 and a £25,000 fine for failing to ensure employees were "not exposed to risk arising from the work undertaken in the refurbishment of alloy wheels", on or before March 2, 2022.

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A £30,000 fine was also issued after Max Powder "contravened a requirement imposed by an improvement notice" by failing to prevent or control exposure to welding fume, a substance hazardous to health.

And a further £25,000 fine was dished out after the company failed to maintain all electrical systems in order to prevent danger.

The Hemel business must now pay £1,000 per month from October 31, in order to pay their fines.