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Tan salon owner sentenced after girl burned on sunbed

James Hadley
James Hadley had admitted health and safety breaches

The owner of a tanning salon where a schoolgirl was badly burned on a sunbed has been told to pay £6,000 costs.

James Hadley, from Resolven near Neath, had previously admitted five health and safety breaches at the Lextan Salon in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

The charges did not relate to the injured girl but the incident had prompted an inspection of the premises.

Hadley, 25, was also given a community order for 90 hours of unpaid work by Barry magistrates.

District Judge John Charles said he accepted that nobody had been harmed as a direct result of the offences but there had been a degree of recklessness in operating an unmanned salon.

He said he hoped other local authorities where such salons were operating would take the same action as the Vale of Glamorgan.

James Hadley was said in court to have shown "reckless behaviour"

The court heard that health and safety inspectors from Vale of Glamorgan council raised concerns with Hadley about the salon in October 2008 and January 2009.

Days before a teenage girl was was burned, a "disgruntled parent" had contacted Hadley about young people who were visiting his salon straight after getting off the school bus.

Doctors had kept the teenager in hospital overnight after she suffered first degree burns, the lowest level of skin burn, after staying on a tanning machine for 19 minutes.

We hope that this sends out a message to proprietors of other unmanned, coin-operated tanning salons not just in Wales, but in the UK
Marc Adams-Jones, Vale of Glamorgan council

Vale of Glamorgan environmental health officer Marc Adams-Jones said after the hearing: "The Vale of Glamorgan council is delighted with the outcome of this case. The Vale has always believed that unmanned tanning salons pose an inherent risk.

"We hope that this sends out a message to proprietors of other unmanned, coin-operated tanning salons not just in Wales, but in the UK."

Mr Adams-Jones admitted there was "no specific law" that stated that unmanned tanning salons could not operate.

'Potential for harm'

But he added: "However, you have the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which specifically says you owe a duty of care to staff and to others.

"There are several unmanned tanning salons operating in Wales and probably 300 operating in the rest of the country.

"The concerns for the potential for harm are already publicised ones where people have burned. There are three within south Wales itself.

"If somebody is able to go into an unmanned premises with no controls, there's an imminent risk for health."

After the hearing, Mr Hadley said "no comment" to journalists waiting outside the court.

Rebecca Freeman, from the British Association of Dermatologists, said it was "extremely worrying" that there were still unmanned salons around the UK, and the case highlighted the need for regulations in salons.

Under new laws proposed by the assembly government, children would be banned from using sunbeds in Wales.

Unstaffed sunbed salons would also be banned, under regulations planned by health minister Edwina Hart.

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