Northamptonshire holiday park owners admit health and safety blunders after employee was hurt

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The company in charge of Billing Aquadrome holiday camp in Northamptonshire has admitted breaching a number of health and safety regulations after one of its workers was injured.

Lancashire-based Pure Leisure Group pleaded guilty to five charges under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The charges relate to an incident on June 25, 2012, in which an employee was injured while on shift at the holiday park - though the full details of the incident are yet to be revealed in open court.

Pure Leisure Group, represented yesterday by the company’s group sales and operations director Mark McGarry, admitted that the injured employee was using inadequate working equipment, namely an engine brace; had been provided with inadequate health and safety information and had not received the correct training.

The company also admitted failing to make the employee sufficiently aware of the dangers associated with removing a gearbox and failed in its ‘general duties’ towards an employer.

Defending for Pure Leisure Group, Stephanie Coates said sentencing should take place at a magistrates’ court, rather than a Crown court.

“This is not a case which involves a death,” she said. “So it is within this court’s remit to hear the case.”

The magistrates accepted the application and Pure Leisure Group will be sentenced for the health and safety breaches at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 9.