Sheffield garage fined due to condition of staff toilet

The garage failed to provide hot water, soap or toilet paper

Sheffield garage fined due to condition of staff toilet
Photo: HSE

A garage in Sheffield has been fined after failing to provide clean and suitable welfare facilities for its staff.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served Brightside Motors with improvement notices that required the garage to provide suitable toilets and washing facilities for its workers. Along with a lack of cleanliness, there was no hot water, soap or toilet paper.

Six months later, the HSE discovered that no action had been taken to address the issues, so the garage was served with two further improvement notices, legally requiring it to provide suitable welfare facilities.

Once again, the garage failed to take appropriate action, despite being given extra time by the HSE.

Brightside Motors pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £3,292.77 in costs.

HSE inspector Kirstie Durrans said: “The provision of suitable, clean welfare facilities is a basic requirement that this company has failed to meet. HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fail to comply with the requirements of enforcement notices.”

Source: Health and Safety Executive


  1. I bet all that money 💰 goes to the government.

    • And? Maybe if they had listened and cleaned up their act they wouldn’t have been fined.

  2. Rightly so!

  3. Good thing too. Ridiculous to expect employees, or anyone, to use them ‘facilities’. He could have had a whole new set up built for what that day in court has cost him.

  4. I’ve been on the spanner’s 49 years seen a few dodgy garage wash rooms in my time the above by far the worst!!
    And despite being given 3 chances to put things right they still couldn’t be bothered 😫deserved everything they got.

  5. Trainspotting….??

  6. Really! Down to the Lazy staff for not cleaning up !bone idle and self privileged, that’s a representation of the people we have to employ, I’m sure that’s just not the bosses problem, I bet there toilets at home aren’t like that though!!

  7. Whilst I can’t comment on the industry I work in, one of the first things we check on a quality visit is the staff toilets. Sounds daft but if a business can’t look after it’s staff with decent facilities how do the staff look after it’s customers.

  8. No sympathy for the garage owner lots of chances to put things right cost them far more than a good scrub water heater & soap etc.
    The mind boggles as to what the customers cars steering wheels were coated with !


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