A pub chain has received an £8,000 fine after a toddler’s six-foot fall into a restaurant/bar’s basement.
The unnamed two-year-old girl fell through a balustrade on a staircase in London’s Hanover Street Slug and Lettuce two years ago.
CCTV caught the footage of the accident, which resulted in the girl going to hospital, the London Evening Standard newspaper reports.
The girl was spared severe injuries, and Westminster Council’s investigating officials discovered that building rules had been contravened by the balustrade’s gap.
Most public places, including shops, bars and local authority buildings, are covered by public liability insurance in case of work accidents or members of the public coming to harm.
Westminster magistrates also ordered the chain to pay a £400 victim surcharge plus costs of £25,000.
The pub group pleaded guilty to breaking the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 as well as the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The chain says it has reviewed safety procedures since this “extremely regrettable” incident and will continue to do so.
No further accidents of this kind have occurred since, according to a spokesman for the group.
He added that the chain extended its “sincere apologies” to the girl’s family after the accident happened.
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