Company prosecuted for haphazard health and safety

23rd October 2007

A company operating a convenience store in South Oxhey has been found guilty of failing to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Martin McColl Limited, of Brentwood, was fined £3750 and ordered to pay £2500 costs at Dacorum Magistrates Court earlier this month, after pleading guilty to four offences. The prosecution is the result of ongoing enforcement action by Three Rivers District Council, which began in 2006.

The Council inspected the shop premises in The Parade in late 2006 in relation to a number of Health and Safety failures, including an obstructed and out of repair fire escape door, unsafe storage practices and an uneven floor surface in the office area. Environmental Health Officer Elaine Blencowe served the company with Improvement Notices, but these were not complied with in the time periods stipulated.

Portfolio holder for Public Services and Health, Councillor Phil Brading, said:

"Local shops have a duty to provide a high standard of care and adhere to Health and Safety regulations, which exist to protect staff and customers. Three Rivers District Council will take swift action where this is not the case, to prosecute those at fault and ensure standards are met."