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Friday 31 March 2023

A restaurant owner in Croydon has been fined more than £60,000 after a man was electrocuted and died at the property.

A Croydon business owner and her company have been found guilty of four offences under Health and Safety law after a death by electrocution on their premises.

Sukran Sanli, who owns Adams Café Restaurant Limited, and her company were ordered to pay a total of £60,303 in fines and costsMs Sanli also received a 26-week suspended prison sentence and was ordered to undertake 200 unpaid work as a Community Penalty when she appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court.

The prosecution arose when Croydon Council’s Food and Safety Team investigated the death by electrocution of Mustafa Ozbek on the 21st of January 2020, who was living in a room located at the rear of the café premises.

Sanli had paid for general electrical work to be carried out on the premises by an unqualified electrician in 2016 and again in 2019, four months before the fatal incident. Mr Ozbek’s electrocution occurred because there was no main earth connection to the incoming electrical supply and when a fault occurred on a circuit, the fuse did not operate to trip and cut off the electricity. This caused the metal pipework in the shower room to become live with a dangerous voltage which resulted in his death.

The council’s investigation centred on the responsibility for the safe provision of the electricity supply to the premises. The Food and Safety Team arranged for two HSE Specialist Inspectors to visit the premises and prepare a report regarding the electricity system. They also had a competent electrical contractor carry out a full inspection of the electrical installation.

The overall assessment was ‘unsatisfactory’ with a number of items being identified as ‘potentially dangerous’.

Sanli pleaded guilty to four charges, two against her and two against her company, relating to offences under Section 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974.

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