Crawley Borough Council has prosecuted Tesco for a Health and Safety accident. The supermarket has been fined £200,000.
The prosecution was taken by the council following an incident at the Tesco store in Hazelwick Avenue, Three Bridges in 2014.
Water leaking onto the shop floor had caused a risk to both staff and customers. A member of staff slipped and was injured, causing her to be off work for several months.
Tesco had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three offences, breaching its duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and failing to report an injury following an accident within 15 days under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
Tesco Stores Ltd was also ordered to pay the council’s costs of more than £51,000.
Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This case shows the importance that we place on safety, both for workers and customers who could be at risk through poor practices.
“It’s imperative that business operators maintain a safe working environment for staff and the public and that effective arrangements are made to report similar accidents to the authorities within 15 days.”