Hugo Boss has been fined £1.2m after admitting to health and safety breaches that resulted in a four-year-old boy being crushed to death by a falling mirror.
The clothes giant was fined £1.1m for failing to ensure the safety of a person other than an employee, £100,000 for contravening health and safety regulations and was ordered to pay £46,951.70 prosecution costs to Cherwell District Council.
Judge Peter Ross passed the sentence at Oxford Crown Court this afternoon (Friday September 4).
Austen Harrison, from Crawley, had been playing at the label’s store at the Bicester Village outlet while his father Simon tried on a suit when the large mirror came crashing down on him, causing serious injuries.
He suffered irreparable brain damage and his life support machine was turned off four days after tragic accident in 2013.
Hugo Boss admitted two health and safety breaches at a hearing at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on June 2 for failing to secure the 18-stone mirror.
Jonathan Laidlaw QC, defending, entered a guilty plea for the company to offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
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