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Luton Borough Council

19/05/2021 - Beauty business fined in health and safety breach

A Luton retail business has pleaded guilty to a serious health and safety offence after a member of the public was injured in an incident involving an open trapdoor inside the premises in 2018.

Beauty Cosmetic (Luton) Ltd trading as City Queen Cosmetics, 48 George Street Luton was sentenced at Luton Magistrates Court on Thursday 29 April 2021 for leaving the trapdoor open and unguarded during opening hours on Sunday 28 October 2018. This resulted in a member of the public who was shopping at the time, falling down the trapdoor, sustaining injuries.

During sentencing the District Judge, D. J. Leigh-Smith was shown photos of the trap door, the victim’s injuries and the lack of effective measures put in place after the accident.

The Judge remarked that, despite the accident having happened, when a council officer investigated the accident, there was still a complete lack of adequate measures put in place and the companies “continued casual attitude to safety and the protection of the public showed them to be highly culpable. In fact the continued absence of measures was a positive aggravation” 

Beauty Cosmetic (Luton) Ltd was fined £50,000 with a statutory surcharge of £170.00 and costs awarded to the council of £2230.00

The judge decided on a starting point of £75,000 and reduced this by 30% for an early guilty plea.

Cllr Jacqui Burnett, portfolio holder for public protection, said "Employers have a duty towards the health and safety of both employees and members of the public. The council will have no hesitation in taking relevant enforcement action where health and safety is put at risk.”

Anyone with concerns about safety issues in a business can email [email protected] 

Please note that some workplaces such as manufacturing, construction and vehicle repair are inspected and regulated by the Health and Safety Executive.
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