Fashion company fined for child’s death

Oxford Crown Court has fined Hugo Boss UK a total of £1.2m for breaches of safety legislation, with costs of £46,000, after the company admitted responsibility for the death of a child at its Bicester Village outlet. The fines were for breaches of the general duty towards a non-employee, and failing to adequately manage risks at the shop.

The incident concerned a 7ft high mirror weighing around 250lbs which had been left propped up against a wall for several months. It fell onto a 4-year-old boy who sustained brain damage and died a few days later in hospital. The court was told that there had been several similar incidents at the company’s other stores and it was a matter of good luck that no-one had been harmed before the tragic event at Bicester. Despite recommendations for such mirrors to be fixed to walls, a point previously covered in managers’ training, no action had been taken.

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