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ASDA Fined Over £55,000

Asda supermarket has been ordered to pay more than £55,000 in fines and costs after breaching fire safety rules at its Slough store.

Reading Crown Court heard two fire exits were repeatedly chained and padlocked over a 10 month period. Royal Berkshire Fire Authority brought two charges following an inspection at the store in June 2010. Asda admitted the two charges and was fined £20,000 per charge and ordered to pay more than £15,500 in costs.

A fire authority spokesman speaking after the hearing said the inspection uncovered a number of safety breaches including locked fire exits, obstruction of fire escape routes and combustible items blocking exit doors. Source: BBC

Our Comments

Locking Fire Doors is critical to people's safety, and this prosecution demonstrates this. The simple rule is do not lock fire doors when they should be available for use. If you see locked fire doors, report this to management and get it sorted.

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