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DIY firm PS1m fine over hot tub disease.


A DIY chain has been fined PS1million over two deaths from Legionnaires' disease spread by a hot tub display.

Customer William Hammersley, 79, and deliv ery driver Richard Griffin, 64, inhaled infected water droplets at JTF warehouse.

The outbreak affected 19 others in 2012. Mrs Justice Andrews said yesterday: "It was a serious breach of a high duty of care."

JTF Wholesale Limited had admitted at Stafford crown court a health and safety breach at the store in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.

The firm said since 2012 a new board of directors and senior management had carried out a "rigorous" health and safety review.

JTF added: "The business apologises unreservedly for the failings that had such devastating consequences."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2017
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