Famous Five

The famous five fire safety fines

The case below is altogether too familiar. The famous five fire safety fines - so common we hear about them nearly every week and yet they can be so easily avoided. In this instance, Martin Mcoll Ltd has had to pay out £21,000 in fines!

It all sounds so simple, but it's amazing how many businesses are guilty of the following:

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National retailer fined for fire safety offences

Martin Mcoll Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after pleading guilty to five charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The prosecution was brought following a fire at the property in Montague Road, Southampton on 1 October 2010. Officers from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service found breaches of the legislation which included:

The case was heard on 26 November at Southampton Magistrates Court. The Chair of the Bench said: “Whilst we have listened in detail to the mitigation offered by the defence and have given due credit for a timely guilty plea, we consider that the offences are serious in nature and that the company should be fined £3,500 for each of the five offences plus a £15 victim surcharge making a total of £17,515. The Service’s costs of £3,817.51 should also be paid in full.”

Speaking after the case, assistant chief officer Neil Odin, head of community safety for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We work closely with businesses to help them with their duty to comply with fire safety law, ensuring the safety of our community and making Hampshire safer, but where their responsibilities are not taken seriously, the Service will always consider prosecution.” Source: Info4Fire

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