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£1.8m fine for G4S Legionnaires' disease failings

08 September 2016

Chelmsford Crown Court has ordered G4S Cash Solutions to pay a fine of £1.8m after it failed to reduce the risk of Legionnaires' disease from its water systems.

This followed an instance where one of its workers contracted the disease in October 2013, leading to life-threatening health issues, according to SHP magazine.

Harlow Council environmental health officers were not able to prove the disease had been contracted from the company's site.

The investigations revealed a "serious lack of compliance" within the water systems, however, and the council initiated legal proceedings.

During the resulting court case, the company submitted a guilty plea in response to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974, according to SHP.

Chelmsford Crown Court subsequently fined G4S Cash Solutions £1.8m with costs of £34,000.

Harlow Council described the company's described the company's monitoring and testing as "erratic".

Although staff had received training, no current policies or suitable risk assessments were in place to manage the building's water systems in an appropriate manner.

"This was despite a long-standing duty, extensive guidance, advice from their own consultants and advice from Harlow Council," said the spokesperson.

A G4S representative said the company had now taken steps to improve the Harlow site health and safety processes.

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