East Hampshire pub is fined £5,000 after customer’s cellar plunge

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A PUB has been fined £5,000 after a customer fell into a cellar.

The prosecution was brought by East Hampshire District Council following an incident in April 2011 when a drinker at the Queen’s Head in Sheet, near Petersfield fell down a flight of stairs into the cellar of the pub.

Queens Head Pub Ltd pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to six offences under health and safety legislation.

The court heard that a woman was visiting the pub to celebrate getting a new job, when she went behind the bar and fell down into the cellar.

She sustained serious head and neck injuries and was taken to hospital.

An investigation found the company failed to carry out a risk assessment of the pub’s activities and a safe system had not been provided to reach the cellar.

It also found there was not an adequate handrail on the staircase.

The pub was fined £500 for each of the six offences and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.