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Shropshire pub landlords prosecuted for failing to protect employees

The managers of a Chorley pub have been sentenced after they failed to buy insurance to protect their employees.

Stephen and Karen Martin were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after they employed staff at the Hinds Head pub in Charnock Richard without purchasing Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance.

South Ribble Magistrates' Court in Leyland heard the couple, who no longer run the pub, employed several people including a manager, a cleaner, a chef and waiting staff.

As the pair did not buy any insurance, they had no means of paying their employees any compensation they could be awarded in the event of them falling ill or having an accident at work.

Despite being warned by HSE inspectors on several occasions between September 2010 and February 2011, the couple failed to address the issue.

Stephen and Karen Martin, of Dudleston Heath, Ellesmere, Shropshire, were each found guilty of three breaches of Section 1(1) of the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 by not insuring their employees against injury or disease sustained at work.

The couple, who failed to attend the hearing, were each fined £1,200 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,620 on 23 September 2011.

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