A Belfast company has been fined £900 and told to pay £102 costs after a customer died in a fall at a hair salon it owns.
Whtrck Blow Dry Bar Ltd, of Lisburn Road, was judged to have broken health and safety laws before the incident, on 2nd November last year.
The customer was rushed to hospital following the fall, which took place at the Blow Dry Bar salon, but her death followed four days later.
Risk assessments reduce accidents
The company was accused of failing to notify the authorities of the accident.
It was also said not to have ensured that the salon’s steps were safe and that it had not provided staff with adequate safety training. It also had no risk assessments or safety policy in place.
Belfast Council, which prosecuted Whtrck, says it is determined to make sure that firms within its remit meet their safety obligations.
The city authority adds that companies must make sure that they report accidents and that they offer employees proper safety training.
They should also make it an obligation to undertake the right risk assessments to ensure the safety of their customers and to avoid employees suffering an accident at work.
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