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4 Sep 2015

Press Association

UK: Hugo Boss faces large fine after admitting negligence over toddler's death in store

"Hugo Boss faces huge fine over toddler's death in store", 3 Sep 2015

Designer brand Hugo Boss is facing a hefty fine for health and safety breaches relating to the death of a four-year-old boy, who was crushed to death by an 18-stone (250lb) mirror. Austen Harrison...suffered extensive head injuries after a 7ft high unsecured mirror – described as balancing upright like a “domino piece” – in the changing room area came down on top of him. Oxford crown court heard Austen...was left with irreversible brain damage and pronounced dead...four days later...Hugo Boss later admitted offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the management of health and safety at work regulations 1999. The company appeared before Judge Peter Ross at Oxford crown court for a sentencing hearing, which is expected to conclude on Friday afternoon....Representing Hugo Boss, Jonathan Laidlaw QC said the company had admitted a series of failings from the day of the incident.“The consequence of this failing is as awful as one could reasonably imagine. Since the day of the accident Hugo Boss has done all it can, first to acknowledge those failings, to express genuine, heartfelt remorse and also demonstrate a determination to put things right and ensure there cannot be a repeat of what went wrong.”