Administrators have been called into a Hotel where two guests contracted Legionnaires’ Disease a year ago, one of whom died.

Following a Health Protection England and HSE investigation, the Hotel was closed for two months for water system remedial works after the bacteria DNA serogroup was traced back to the hotel.

Parts of the hotel were closed again a few months later, after elevated legionella bacteria counts were found in the water system.  The hotel suffered a drop off in business following the closure and restricted trading, resulting in cashflow issues and eventually the administrators being called in.

Many organisations only consider the costs of maintaining the compliance of their water systems and forget about the hidden costs of not being compliant, which, as in this case, has cost the owners their business.

Source: Shropshire Star