Essex car wash fined over ECLI breaches

Southend Magistrates fined Essex car-wash operator Prowash Systems £6,750 in July after the company was unable to produce evidence of having any employers’ liability insurance.

A Health and Safety Executive officer had called unannounced in November 2009 as part of a check to establish that local businesses were properly insured, and gave the firm a month to come up with a certificate when none could be found. There was no response to the deadline and management failed to attend an HSE-arranged interview to explain themselves. The case was heard in the absence of the company who were found guilty of a number of breaches of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

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