I am a tad confused about a recent health and safety fine issued by Nanny, in relation to a remarkably daft and dangerous piece of window cleaning.
Loch Fyne, a restaurant and hotel firm has been fined £15,000 after a window cleaner was filmed balancing precariously on a ledge outside one of its buildings.
Self-employed window cleaner Wayne Mallon was also fined £2,000.
The BBC reports that Mallon was seen climbing along the ledges of the third floor of the Milsoms Hotel building (owned by Loch Fyne) in Bath without ladders or safety equipment.
Mallon, of Whiteway, Bath, who works for Terry Mallon and Sons Cleaning Services, pleaded guilty to three health and safety charges at Bath Magistrates' Court.
Mallon was filmed dicing with death at the hotel last September, and the footage came to the attention of the health and safety team at Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes) which brought charges against Mallon and Loch Fyne.
Now I can understand that Mallon's firm should have been prosecuted for endangering him, and that Mallon should have been prosecuted for being an idiot; but I do not understand why the hotel was prosecuted, given that the hotel had hired a professional firm which was being paid to do a professional job.
After all, if people are made to be responsible for the actions/stupidity of a third party "professional" then there is no point at all in ever hiring a professional and paying fees to the professional as one may as well do the job (botched as it may be) oneself!
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