Council officers secure health and safety conviction

Enforcement action carried out by our environmental health officers has led to B&GS Landa Ltd, owners of A Scottish Experience on the Royal Mile, being convicted of two health and safety charges.

This resulted in a fine from the Sheriff Court of £60,000.  

The charges related to an accident on 6 May 2019 when a member of the public was seriously injured after falling through an open hatch in the shop and landing on steps leading to the basement.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes Environment Convener said:

Keeping our residents and visitors safe when they are shopping in the city’s many and varied retail businesses is very important to us. Thankfully, the hard work of our environmental health team has led to this business facing the legal consequences of their disregard to health and safety in this case.

Further information

Information regarding falls from height is available via Cellar safety and falls from height – The City of Edinburgh Council

Enforcement of the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and associated health and safety legislation is the responsibility of either the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or local authority, depending on the type of workplace.  The City of Edinburgh Council enforce health and safety legislation in retail premises, such as Scottish Experience.

More about the legislation associated with this case can be found at Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ( or via the Health and Safety Executive HSE: Information about health and safety at work.


Published: October 27th 2021