Car wash firm punished for lack of insurance
A car wash company from Essex has been fined after failing to secure compulsory insurance, it was confirmed this week.
Blue Flag Hand Car Wash in Burnham-on-Crouch was visited by a health and safety awareness officer from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on October 26th 2009.
The inspector noted that owner Bledar Shtylaa failed to produce a current Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance certificate and issued him with a 'notice to produce'.
However, it soon emerged that he had not possessed the document since starting the business in November 2006, thus endangering the safety of his employees.
Mr Shtylaa admitted breaching Section 1(1) of the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court and was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,037 in costs.
"Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance is designed to protect employees and ensure they are covered if there is an accident in the workplace," said HSE inspector Kaitav Patel.
"Failing to have this insurance potentially leaves members of staff doubly vulnerable in the event of an accident or ill health."
Earlier this week, stationery manufacturer Chart Design was fined £4,300 and ordered to pay costs of £6,330 after one of its employees was left disabled when he was electrocuted.
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