Company fined for failing to supervise sunbed use at Blackwood store
6:31pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
A COMPANY was fined more than £5,000 for failing to properly supervise sunbed use at its store in Blackwood.
Cashino Gaming LTD, which is based at Seebeck Place, Milton Keynes, was fined £6,920 at Newport Magistrates Court.
The company pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to supervise sunbed use, contrary to the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 (Wales) Regulations which came into force in 2011.
Cashino is an gaming and gambling centre with 162 premises across the UK, 20 of which also have tanning beds.
The court heard the Cashino store based at 115 High Street in Blackwood was investigated as part of a Caerphilly council operation looking into sunbed salons in the area.
A test purchaser wearing a hidden camera was sent in by environmental health officers from the local authority on November 29 last year.
The court heard the test purchaser was met by the store manager, who failed to assess her skin type, tell her how to safely operate the sunbed, and failed to ensure the provision, use and availability of protective eyewear.
Rhys Davies, prosecuting, told the court: “The necessary requirements were not carried out. Information should have been conveyed and should have gone above and beyond what was done.”
He added that the tester was given a customer tanning guide of the relevant information, but it was not explained to her as is required, and she was not given protective eyewear.
The chief executive officer and other senior management all attended the hearing.
Nick Harding, CEO of parent company Praesepe, commercial director Byron Evans, central services manager Warren Page and area manager Angie Blake all attended the hearing.
The court heard that this event was unprecedented in the company’s eight-year history and they had never been in trouble for failing to comply with sunbed regulations before.
The court also heard the company employs thorough training for all of its employees, and the manager was fully trained and passed a company-issued quiz on laws and regulations just three months before the incident.
The manager has since been disciplined and dismissed following the investigation and the store is no longer open.
Magistrates were told Cashino had never failed a test purchase anywhere else.
Cashino was ordered to pay a £5,400 fine, £1,400 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.