Former takeaway owner fined for health and safety breach

Published February 21, 2018 at 13:00

A former Rossendale takeaway owner has been fined for a breach of health and safety.

Mr Mendi Khan of Edith Street, Blackburn appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court on Friday, February 9 to answer two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

An inspection at his takeaway premises in March 2017 identified that one of Mr Khan’s employees was using a dangerous piece of equipment without adequate guarding.

Mr Khan had been advised of the guarding requirement over a number visits over several years. Each time he would comply with the requirement only to relapse and fail to adequately guard the machine.

During the same visit officers identified a length of live cable that was hanging from the ceiling, which they said posed a risk of electrocution.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

When businesses refuse to listen to our impartial free advice on safety and then put their employees repeatedly at risk of serious injury, we need to take steps to protect workers and maintain public confidence.

Mr Khan, who no longer owns the takeaway, pleaded guilty to both charges and was fined £500 for each offence, £500 costs and £50 victim surcharge.

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