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Belfast Hole in the Wall bar and food supplier North Down Group fined over health and safety breaches

Published 25/10/2016

The cases were brought by Belfast City Council.
The cases were brought by Belfast City Council.

Two Belfast businesses have been issued with fines in separate prosecutions brought by Belfast City Council in relation to health and safety breaches.

The Hole In The Wall bar, on Baltic Avenue, in the north of the city, was fined £9,000 for nine breaches of the terms of its entertainment licence.

Three of the offences related to blocked fire doors, which resulted in fines of £2,000 on each count. 

The remaining offences related to failure to display proper signage, illuminated emergency exit signs not working, failure to complete a pre-event log, failing to have an emergency evacuation plan, staff not being trained on the action to be taken in the event of an emergency and a noise limiting device not operating when entertainment was to be provided.

In a separate case, The North Down Group was fined a total of £6,000 for three counts of breaching health and safety legislation at its Blackstaff Road premises in west Belfast.

The company is a wholesale supplier and distributor of fresh food.

The offences related to failing to ensure that staff were not exposed to risks to their health and safety, failing to provide health and safety information, instruction, training and supervision to staff, and failing to ensure that staff using work equipment had adequate health and safety information pertaining to its use.

In both cases, the companies were ordered to pay costs to Belfast City Council.

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