Owner of Body Mech Piercing shop based on Princes Street Southport appeared in court for breaching health and safety rules

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Mr Andrew Jones of Body Mech, pleaded guilty at Sefton Magistrates on Monday 14th April for infringing the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Sefton Council brought the case against Andrew Jones, after receiving a referral from the Public Health Agency requesting they investigate the studio following a complaint on July 25 2013.

Elizabeth Wilson (prosecuting) said that on July 26 during an unannounced visit with an infection control prevention team, officers found a number of health and safety breaches that were unacceptable not protecting against infections and blood borne viruses.

These violations included no hot water for the hand basin in the treatment area, an empty soap dispenser in the treatment area, poor cleaning standards indicated in the level of dust, a build up of five bags of clinical waste and a dirty mop stored along side toilet.

Taking into account Andrew Jones’s early guilty plea and for promptly rectifying the issues, Jones was handed a financial penalty of £650. Jones was also ordered to pay a £65 victim surcharge and £500 towards the court costs.

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