Publicans are fined for no insurance

Stephen Martin
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The managers of a Lancashire pub have been prosecuted for failing to buy insurance to protect their employees.

Stephen and Karen Martin, who ran the Hinds Head in Charnock Richard, were found guilty of three counts of not insuring their employees at South Ribble Magistrates’ Court.

The couple, who are from Ellesmere, in Shropshire, were fined £1,200 each and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,620.

The pair employed several people including a manager, a cleaner, a chef and waiting staff without providing insurance cover.

They were warned by HSE inspectors on several occasions between 2010 and 2011 but failed to address the issue.

HSE investigating inspector Shellie Bee said: “Because Stephen and Karen Martin cut corners to save money, they were putting their employees in a position where they could have potentially suffered a life changing illness or injury at work and had no recourse to any kind of compensation. Despite being given ample opportunity to correct this problem over a period of months, they chose to ignore the advice they were given by HSE so we had no choice but to prosecute.”