Silk company to stand trial

A Sudbury silk weaving company will stand trial next month accused of a number of health and safety breaches.

The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, based in Alexandra Road, denied five charges of contravening regulations between January, 2004, and October, 2012, at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Ruth Barber, prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive, told the court the company faced charges of failing to make suitable risk assessments of employees – including former dye operations manager Harry Wragg – exposed to harmful reactive dyes between January, 2004, and August, 2012.

The company also faces charges concerning failure to provide suitable information and training to employees, and failure to prevent or control the risks to employees between the same dates..

Miss Barber explained that two further charges, of failing to make suitable risk assessments and failing to ensure employees exposed to noise were under suitable health surveillance, dated from October, 2004, to May, 2012, and November, 2007, to October, 2012, respectively.

The case was committed to Ipswich Crown Court for a plea-and-case management hearing set for June 6.