Fredricks Hotel fined £70,000 after employees hospitalised

Four-star Maidenhead hotel, Fredricks, has been fined £70,000 after three employees were hospitalised as the result of a series of accidents.

In March 2015, two employees who were deep-cleaning the pool and spa fell ill, prompting vomiting and causing one of the employees to pass out.

Another employee was burned after testing a new decarboniser which was running at 82°C.

The property has been fined by the local council after three separate incidents.

The accidents were reported to the council in May of that year which lead to the council to visit the site, discovering numerous health and safety breaches including staff handling strong acids without sufficient training.

Improvement notices were served on the employer, Art Hotels UK Ltd, and its director Ravinder Singh Takhar as well as 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 hire a safety expert.

Premier Cru Hotels and Inns LLP appeared at Slough Magistrates’ Court on March 22 where representatives admitted breaching the Health and Safety At Work Act.

Premier Cru was fined £3,300, ordered to pay partial costs of £5,145 and compensation amounting to £500 to each of the employees plus a £170 victim surcharge.

Representatives of Art Hotels UK Ltd also admitted breaching the same act at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, October 11. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £40,095 plus a £120 victim surcharge.

Cllr Carwyn Cox, the Royal Borough’s cabinet member for environmental services 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.”

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