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Chesterfield businessman fined for serious health and safety breaches

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Chesterfield businessman Jason Hill has been fined more than £10,000 after admitting breaches of health and safety that led to a man being seriously burned.

Hill had previously admitted offences brought by Chesterfield Borough Council under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for which he received two separate £750 fines because he had failed to ensure the safety of staff and customers at Havana Whites, a bar on Corporation Street, Chesterfield. 

He also pleaded guilty to fire safety offences brought by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service for which he received another fine of £750.

A customer at the bar suffered serious burns after his shirt caught fire after being lit by a tea-light left on the bar at Havana Whites in January 2014.

The bar was owned by Linacre Estates of which Hill was a director.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "I hope the fine given to Jason Hill shows how seriously we will take such serious breaches of health and safety.

"Our health and safety officer had previously warned against leaving naked flames on the bar but this was ignored – leading to the serious injuries suffered by a customer."

Hill was also ordered to pay £7,967.85 in costs making a total of £10,217.85.

First published on 04 August 2015 Last updated on 02 January 2020