Hotel owners fined for improvement notice breaches
The owners of a hotel in north Norfolk have been hit with fines totalling more than £20,000 for a string of health and safety offences, it emerged today (April 13th).
JKRS Limited pleaded guilty to eight counts of failing to comply with improvement notices for the Links Country Park Hotel and Golf Club, Eastern Daily Press reports.
Cromer Magistrates' Court heard that the company failed to carry out suitable risk assessments for staff, such as installing warning signs to highlight trip hazards.
In addition, the owners were charged for offering workers and customers inadequate protection from potentially dangerous levels of legionella bacteria, which can cause Legionnaires' disease.
"This is a company in a position of trust, both the employees and hotel users [should be able to] trust that it is a safe place to work and visit," said prosecutor Cara Jordan, according to the news provider.
JKRS was eventually fined £20,960, including £2,000 for each breach - all of which occurred between December 2008 and February 2009 - plus £4,945 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Tim Cary, defending, noted that there has been "some evidence that the company are beginning to put their house in order" in recent weeks.
Last week, Stourbridge-based firm AB Waste Management was fined £12,000 after one of its workers suffered a broken spine and several lacerations to his head in a fall from height.
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