A Hounslow restaurant business has been ordered to pay over £11,000 in fines and costs after Hounslow Council found they were breaching health and safety regulations at its premises.
AN Business Ltd, which used to run Shanty Town, based at the Blenheim Centre, Hounslow, was found by Feltham Magistrates Court to have failed to ensure the safety of employees and contract staff by not observing a Prohibition Notice served on them by Hounslow Council’s Commercial Health and Safety team officers.
The visit by council officers discovered an unsafe storage area and ladder access to it and served the Prohibition Notice on the company to stop anyone using the ladder and the area.
During later visits, it was found that items had been removed and the area had been cleared out. Further investigation found evidence that contract staff and kitchen employees had entered the area despite the notice served.
Shanty Town had advertised itself as a restaurant serving “street” food from around the globe and boasted of serving more than 50 international dishes from Mexican to Japanese.
The company pleaded guilty at Feltham Magistrates Court to failing in their duty to ensure their employees were not exposed to safety risks and for contravening the notice on two occasions.
Earlier this week, the business was sentenced at Ealing Magistrates Court, where on account of their guilty pleas, they were fined £5,500 for three Health and Safety offences and ordered to pay full legal and investigative costs of £5,421 and a Victim Surcharge of £120. All fines and costs are to be paid within 28 days.
Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “Our officers will always take the strongest appropriate action if there are breaches of any health and safety regulations.
“The safety of people working at these establishments is absolutely paramount, it is as important as the quality and service to customers and in our eyes, must never be undermined.
“If we find that is the case, be assured that those responsible for these failures will face the severe consequences.