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Author Topic: Hotel fined thousands for health and safety breaches  (Read 977 times)
RBWM Press Release
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« on: October 20, 2017, 11:02:46 AM »

A hotel and management company have been ordered to pay more than £70,000 after three employees were hospitalised by accidents in the hotel.
In March 2015 two receptionists were told to deep clean the spa and pool at Fredrick’s Hotel, Restaurant & Spa on Shoppenhangers Road.
After half an hour they became seriously ill and began vomiting before one of them blacked out.
In a separate incident another employee was burnt after using a new ‘decarbonizer’ running at 82°C.
The accidents were reported to the Royal Borough in May the same year. Council officers visited the site and found numerous health and safety breaches including inexperienced colleagues being given strong acids without enough training.
Now after a council-led investigation the firms have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds including compensation of £1,500.
Improvement notices were served on the employer, Art Hotels UK Ltd, and its director Ravinder Singh Takhar and on the management company, Premier Cru Hotels, and managing directors Ian Shelton and Gareth Pugh.
The notices ordered them to carry out health and safety assessments and employ a dedicated safety expert.
Takhar admitted that since Premier Cru’s appointment in 2013 health and safety arrangements at the hotel had never been reviewed.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services (inc. parking), said: “I would like to pay tribute to the efforts of the team of people who brought this matter to a successful prosecution.

“This shows the council’s commitment to ensuring people working in the borough do so safely.”
Premier Cru Hotels and Inns LLP appeared at Slough Magistrates’ Court on March 22 this year.
Representatives admitted breaching section 3(1) of the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974, by failing to ensure people were not exposed to risk.
Premier Cru was fined £3,300, ordered to pay partial costs of £5,145 and compensation in the sum of £500 to each of the three injured parties plus a £170 victim surcharge.
Representatives of Art Hotels UK Ltd admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 by failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all its employees at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday 11 October2017.
The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £40,095 plus a £120 victim surcharge.
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