Garage fined thousands for dire state of staff toilets

A Sheffield motor repair shop found itself in legal crosshairs for disregarding fundamental health and safety regulations around the dire state of staff toilets.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that staff toilets at Brightside Motors Ltd  were in such a dire state that it affected the welfare of employees.

HSE inspector Kirstie Durrans expressed serious concerns about the firm. “The provision of suitable, clean welfare facilities is a basic requirement that this company has failed to meet,” she said. “HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fail to comply with the requirements of enforcement notices.”

The initial assessment painted a grim picture, showcasing woefully inadequate conditions, including the absence of suitable sanitary conveniences, deficient washing facilities, and the stark absence of essentials like clean water, soap, and toilet paper.

Even after repeated warnings and formal notices from the HSE, the company remained non-compliant. Despite being granted extensions, Brightside Motors Ltd missed deadlines, showcasing a troubling disregard for rectifying the situation.

HSE’s guidelines demand the maintaining hygienic and fully equipped welfare amenities, including provisions for hot and cold running water and ample supplies of soap.

Brightside Motors Ltd pleaded guilty to the charge at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and were fined £8000, as well as a further £3292.77 in costs.

HSE said this prosecution “serves as a stark reminder” to businesses.

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