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Hugo Boss fined £1.2m over Bicester Village death

Hugo Boss has been fined £1.2m over the death of a young boy crushed by a mirror in its Bicester Village outlet store.

Four-year-old Austen Harrison suffered fatal head injuries when the changing room mirror fell on him in June 2013.

Oxford Crown Court today ruled that the 7ft 114kg (18 stone) mirror had “negligently been left freestanding without any fixings”, according to BBC News.

Hugo Boss, which pleaded guilty to the related health and safety charges at Banbury Magistrates Court on June 2, said it had done everything to aid the investigation into what happened over the past two years and fully accepted the ruling.

“After the incident, we conducted a wide-ranging and thorough review of our health and safety processes (that existed prior to 2013), to ensure that opportunities to prevent or identify and rectify risks are not missed. The company has since done everything it can to prevent such a tragedy from reoccurring.

“We wish to make clear that health and safety is an integral part of our business, and a priority at every level of the organisation.

“Over the last two years, our thoughts and sympathies have been first and foremost with Austen’s parents. We know, however, that there are no words to alleviate in any way the suffering caused to the family and for that we remain profoundly sorry.”

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