Harlow Council has announced that G4S Cash Solutions (UK) has been fined £1.8 million, after the company was successfully prosecuted for failing to protect its workers from the risk of Legionnaires’ disease.

Harlow Council Environmental Health Officers inspected G4S’s Harlow site, after receiving a report that a Harlow resident had contracted Legionellosis, and uncovered a serious lack of compliance in maintaining water systems at the site. They found that the monitoring and testing of systems was erratic, staff had received inadequate training, and there were no up to date policies or suitable and sufficient risk assessments in place to safely operate or manage the building’s water systems.

Portfolio Holder for Environment, Councillor Danny Purton’s comment after the sentencing included: “The million-pound-plus fine should send a serious and important message to other companies. Legionnaires’ disease is a real risk and companies need to take their health and safety duties to their employees and others very seriously.”

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