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Brighton swimming pool ordered to pay £80,000 for high levels of chlorine gas
Brighton pool ordered to pay £80,000 for high levels of chlorine gas
A Brighton swimming pool has been ordered to pay almost £80,000 after endangering lives with dangerously high and 'potentially fatal' levels of chlorine gas in the air.

LA Fitness, in North Road, Brighton, was found guilty of two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act after allowing dangerously high levels of chlorine gas.

The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of more than £58,500 after being found guilty by a jury at Hove Crown Court.

During the incident in August 2010 chlorine gas levels in the air were dangerously high and 'potentially fatal'.

The chemicals in the air were the result of overloading chemicals into the spa pool which could have been “harmful to babies” and caused skin and eye irritation.

Robert Seabrook, prosecuting, said that when East Sussex firefighters arrived at the scene, levels of chlorine in the air were 12 times the recommended safety limit.

He said the company had made a series of 'lamentable failings' in not properly checking chemical levels in the preceding weeks.

Brighton and Hove City councillor Ben Duncan said: "The case highlights the importance of training when working with chemicals and the essential role that environmental health staff play in protecting the public."

A spokeswoman for LA Fitness said: "When the incident occurred the club was not open to the public. Our vapour detector systems triggered an alarm and the emergency services were called out.

"No members of the public or staff were harmed."

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