Company to answer health and safety charges

The new Oscar's Wine Bar and Bistro in Lancaster.
The new Oscar's Wine Bar and Bistro in Lancaster.

Court proceedings have been started against a wine bar, one of its directors and an employee following an incident in which an 18-year-old had to have her stomach removed after drinking a liquid nitrogen cocktail.

The prosecution under health and safety legislation follows the conclusion of an investigation by Lancaster City Council into an incident at Oscar’s Wine Bar and Bistro on George Street in Lancaster.

Andrew Dunn, of The Garden Village in Old Earswick, Yorkshire, has been summoned to court to answer charges under sections 3(1), 33(1)(a) and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 in relation to his role as a director of Oscar’s Wine Bar.

Matthew George Harding, of George Street in Lancaster, has also been summoned to court to answer charges under and breaches of sections 7 and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 in relation to his role as an employee of Oscar’s Wine Bar

The company, Oscar’s Wine Bar Ltd, registered address of 39-42 Bridge Street, Swinton, South Yorkshire, has been summoned to court to answer charges under sections 3(1), and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974.

The first hearing is due to take place on Monday, February 9, 2015 at Lancaster Magistrates Court.