Hotel safety auditor offers free reports

Check Safety First is to offer free health and safety reports on its hotels in the wake of the Thomas Cook manslaughter trial in Corfu.

Two Cook reps were acquitted earlier this month, but the case will go to a retrial.

Richard Carson, 28, and Nicola Gibson, 26, will be among 11 of the 12 accused to face an appeal trial next year over the deaths of Christianne and Bobby Shepherd from carbon monoxide poisoning at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in 2006.

As a result of the case, Check Safety First chief executive Mark Harrington said a new product called Tour Check will be launched to make reports available free of charge to travel firms about each of the company’s 1,600 hotel clients.

Reports will be based on Check Safety First’s eCristal audit and will provide detailed information about a property, including balcony heights, food hygiene and the condition of swimming pools.
Harrington aims to have the scheme in place by October this year, with reports updated at least twice a year.

“We are speaking to hotels about it now and most of them are very keen,” he said.

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