Earlier this year, B&Q admitted breaching ss2 and 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure so far as reasonably practicable the safety of staff and customers. A spa pool that had been left on display at a store for two months in 2005 was found to have contained the Legionella bacteria. This was discovered after an investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in the area. Significantly, this prosecution was brought despite there being no evidence to connect the breach to the Legionnaires disease outbreak.
The failure to follow its usual procedure of filling a display hot tub with hot water cost the company £20k.