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Bizzie Lizzie's fined £75k after three staff suffer burns

Bizzie Lizzie's fined £75k after three staff suffer burns

Published by Harry Long at 4:47pm 17th January 2020. (Updated at 10:24am 18th January 2020)

A fish and chip shop in Skipton has been fined £75,000- after three staff members were burnt by hot oil after an accident.

  • Bizzie Lizzie's was fined £75,000 for a health and safety breach.  
  • The company pleaded guilty to one offence at York Magistrates Court.  

It happened at Bizzie Lizzie's High Street Car Park branch in September 2018.

The company was sentenced on Tuesday at York Magistrates' Court, by District Judge Lower after pleading guilty to one offence.

The incident was caught on CCTV.

Two workers decided to change the fat while the shop was still open.

The procedure was contrary to Bizzie Lizzie's "Risk Assessment" for the task which listed the requirements for completing it in a safe manner.

The sentence opening stated:

The experienced staff member recalled feeling the heat coming from the bin where the old fat was being pumped into.

He then recalled pointing his foot at the bin and about ten seconds later the bin fell over him pouring fat all over his legs from the knee downwards."

The company pleaded guilty to the offence at York Magistrates Court, and District Judge Lower imposed a fine of £75,000, plus costs of £1,980 and a surcharge of £170.

One of the workers suffered burns to his lower legs and returned to work in the middle of November 2018.
Another staff member was off work for three days.
While the final worker injured by the hot fat had to apply cold water to the affected site for a few days after.

York Magistrates
York Magistrates Court

The sentence opening stated: 

"There is evidence that three staff members, including two managers, believed that it was acceptable for the fat to be changed during the course of the day.

"The fact that three members of staff believed that this was acceptable, when it was contrary to the Defendant's risk assessment and procedure shows a lack of proper training, supervision and compliance with procedures in the Defendant's business."

Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, said after the sentencing:

“The council takes breaches of health and safety legislation very seriously. It’s vitally important that businesses protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. 

“This prosecution was pursued in the public interest due to the risk of harm to employees and members of the public. 

“The Health and Safety Executive has clear information about safety during the emptying and cleaning of fryers and all businesses in this sector should follow these guidelines.

“We hope that all businesses will take note of the importance of health and safety legislation, and the wellbeing of their employees.”

The judge gave credit to Bizzie Lizzies for their guilty plea and for the fact that they had taken steps following the incident to mitigate further risks. He also gave them credit for their cooperation in the investigation, that they were a reputable company and that they had no previous health and safety convictions. 

Bizzie Lizzie's did not comment when approached by Stray FM.