Safety failings at a hotel led to an incident in which a toddler fell around three metres out of a window, a court has been told.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that the girl, aged just one, and her mother and father were staying at Meldrum House Hotel in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, in April 2012.
They paid for an upstairs room in the hotel’s converted stable block and the girl fell out of the unsecured window soon after their arrival, the court was told.
She was taken to hospital but thankfully did not sustain any serious injuries in the fall, the court heard.
The company that owns the hotel, Meldrum House Estates, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £10,000.
After the case Gary Aitken, the head of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service health and safety division, said Meldrum House Estates made sure the windows were secure by fixing them in a closed position as soon as possible after the fall, and also carried out further risk assessments.
He said the girl’s injuries were minor but she could have been seriously hurt or even killed by the fall.
Meldrum House Hotel is described on its website as one of the most luxurious hotels in Scotland and VisitScotland gave it a four-star rating.
The chief executive of Meldrum House Estates, Andy Burgess, said he is pleased that the girl wasn’t badly injured in the ‘unfortunate’ incident and insists the company places the utmost importance on the health and safety of all those who stay at the hotel.
He said before the fall the company took on board advice from health and safety experts and installed measures it thought would prevent such an incident. He confirmed the company had since carried out a full health and safety review of its premises.
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