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Hotel fined for legionella and asbestos failings

The management company of a hotel in Colchester, Essex, that failed to control risks from exposure to legionella and asbestos has been sentenced.

Hotel fined for legionella and asbestos failings
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Bremwell, which operates the Rose and Crown Hotel had previously admitted five safety and health offences.

Environmental health officers from Colchester Borough Council originally visited the Rose and Crown on 30 January 2017 after a guest received an electric shock from a damaged iron cable. During the investigation they found 43 other safety and health issues that needed attention. 

Colchester Magistrates’ Court was told there had been “no formal attempt” to manage or control the risk of legionella in the water system, while asbestos within a door panel and lining and a ceiling panel had not been properly identified or managed.  

There were no hazardous substances risk assessments for staff using chemicals such as cleaning products and a lift inspection had never been carried out.  

Bremwell pleaded guilty on 14 March to two counts of breaching s 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, reg 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations, reg 6 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, and reg 9 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, which state that lifting equipment for people should be examined at least every six months. 

District Judge Woollard fined Bremwell £30,000 plus £6,551 costs on 28 June. 

Colchester Borough Council said Bremwell had rectified all the issues identified during the initial investigations. Legionella in the water supply continues to be monitored and the asbestos was removed, according to a local news report. 



Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine


  • My wife used to work there,

    Permalink Submitted by Malcolm Hazel on 9 July 2018 - 11:46 am

    My wife used to work there, and it was shocking. Quite literally! The kettles supplies to the hotel rooms were brought from eBay and were deemed ‘safe’ as they had a kite mark on them! A complete joke!

  • This could easily be 80% of

    Permalink Submitted by Dave Taylor on 18 July 2018 - 09:35 am

    This could easily be 80% of all commercial buildings in the UK. Every one wants something cheaper nowadays.
    Simple PAT test would have verified the kettles though. Asbestos survey may not have identified the sandwich door - R & D would have picked this up later.
    Shame poor management as always.

  • I have approached some of the

    Permalink Submitted by Bob Bridge on 30 July 2018 - 03:25 pm

    I have approached some of the smaller hotels in my area offering a fixed price legionella RA to date only 1 has taken me up on that offer, perhaps the local authorities are not enforcing as they should??


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