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2014

Nursing Home Staff Left Residents in Rooms During Fire

Two nursing home owners have been fined for committing offences under the RRO after staff left elderly residents in their rooms during a late night fire despite getting out themselves. More details...


Former Care Home Owner Admits Fire Safety Breach

Richard Dickinson, who lives in Runcorn, admitted three counts of breaching a fire safety order before Chester Crown Court in December. An investigation into the Rangermore care home revealed major shortfalls in fire safety which led to this prosecution, according to the Knutsford Guardian. More details...


2013

Chicken Takeaway Fined £17,000

In Croydon, the owner of a chicken takeaway was fined £17,000 and ordered to pay £22,752 in costs after he committed a string of fire safety offences in his premises, where people were sleeping on the two floors above the shop. Full story...


Yacht Company Fined £25,000

A yacht company has been fined £25,000 plus £65,000 in costs after a worker suffered horrific burns and almost died when a tall ship that was undergoing refurbishment caught fire. Full story...


Sex Club Fined £300

The owner of a sex club in Plymouth, Devon, kept the premises open and occupied despite a prohibition notice restricting its use until suitable fire safety standards were met.

John Malcolm Vaughan Morgan pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates' Court to breaching the RRO by failing to comply with the requirements of a prohibition notice. He was fined £300 and told to pay £1,000 in costs.


Boy’s house fire death: landlord jailed

Ajit Singh, of Cleveland Avenue, Kettering, was jailed for failing to take general fire precautions in properties in nine streets in Kettering.

One of the properties, in Edinburgh Road, caught fire on May 22 last year and a seven-year-old boy , Mateusz Wlodarczyk, died in the blaze. Full story...


Labour Councillor Loses Appeal for Fire Convictions

The London Fire Brigade have reported how a restaurant owner has lost his appeal against a £10,800 fine for fire breaches.

The case was unusual, sadly not because he pleaded guilty to eight fire offences - multiple offences are unfortunately very common. It was out of the ordinary because the man who pleaded guilty to the offences was in a position of leadership as a Labour councillor, was on the London Borough of Hounslow’s Standards Committee, and was chief whip of the Labour group. Full story...


Heavy fine for fire safety breaches

A Lake District inn and its director have been fined thousands of pounds for breaching fire safety regulations.

Derek Sweeney, 57, a director of the Travellers Rest at Grasmere appeared at Kendal Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday 11 June) charged with six breaches relating to a property he owns in Field Foot, Grasmere. Full story...


Swansea Hotel Fined

The Grand Hotel in Swansea has had to pay more than £5,000 after pleading guilty to six charges under the Fire Safety Order. The charges included failing to carry out a fire risk assessment, failure to provide adequate staff training, failing to carry out building work to prevent the spread of fire and failing to maintain fire precautions. More details...


Enforcement Notice Saved Lives

A Blackpool Indian takeaway owner has been fined £9000 and ordered to pay £2607 costs after pleading guilty to 9 charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Muhammad Attique, the owner of Tazy’s takeaway on Church Street, had used the premises to provide accommodation for his employees. More details...


Clapham Health Spa Sentence

The former director and owner of Clapham health spa has been given a four month suspended prison sentence after a fire broke out at his club. Ron Kemeny was also ordered to pay £30,000 in court costs for breaking the fire safety regulations which caused a blaze in July 2010. More details...


D.M. Care Limited fined £35,000 plus costs

D.M. Care Limited has received the highest fine ever in Lancashire for breaches of fire safety regulations. Full story...


Landlord pleads guilty to fire safety breaches

Leslie Brinksman, 49, of Walgrave Road, Newton-Le-Willows in Merseyside was sentenced by Warrington Magistrates Court on 13 March after pleading guilty to four offences under the Fire Safety Order 2005. Full story...


Suspended Sentence for Pub Landlord

A pub landlord was given a custodial sentence for breaking a prohibition notice given by the fire service and for a litany of other fire safety offences. Anthony O’Leary received suspended sentences for four offences in a case that London Fire Brigade says highlights the problem of unsuitable buildings being used as housing. Full story...


Roofer Fined £21 Million

A South Wales roofing firm is negotiating with claimants after being ordered to pay more than £21 million in damages for its part in a fire that devastated a West Midlands factory. Full story...


Chemical manufacturing company fined more than £10,000

Atom Scientific Ltd was convicted under the Fire Safety Order for putting the lives of its workers at risk at its chemical manufacturing and biological testing premises in Audenshaw, Tameside. Full story...


Letting Agents had No Knowledge of Fire Safety Regulations

Manchester property company specialising in sales and domestic lettings has been convicted of breaching fire safety regulations.

Alex and Dines Ltd was fined £3,000 at Bury Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay costs to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) of £4,472 with a £15 victim surcharge. Full story...


Fire safety warning to small businesses after newsagent fined

Small businesses have been warned not to ignore fire safety after the owner of a Greater Manchester newsagent was convicted for fire safety offences. Yakup Patel failed to carry out a fire risk assessment, provide a fire alarm or a means of escape from fire. Full story...


Leaseholder pleads guilty to 12 fire safety offences

The leaseholder of a shop and house in multiple occupation has had to pay more than £18,000 for 12 offences under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

Tahir Ahmed pleaded guilty to the offences at Aldershot Magistrates Court on 6 December in relation to the property at Imee’s Audio and Video, 34 Station Road, Aldershot. The offences included failing to carry out a fire risk assessment, failure to maintain the fire alarm and emergency lighting, failure to provide fire doors, and failure to ensure the means of escape were clear.

Mr Ahmed was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,278.

Area manager Mick Crennell of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We will continue to protect our communities through a robust risk management process that identifies the areas of highest risk and takes necessary steps to ensure their continued safety. Working in partnership with local authorities, we will continue to use the Service’s powers where necessary in order to improve the standards of safety throughout the county and in particular, in areas of high risk such as houses of multiple occupation."


Jack Wills fashion store, Stonegate, fined 27k

A high street clothing chain has been fined £27,000 after breaching fire regulations at its York store.

Fire inspection officers said Jack Wills, in Stonegate, had failed to comply with an enforcement notice despite repeated attempts to ensure the correct fire conditions were applied at the store.

Following a visit to the outlet in January last year, inspectors found damaged fire doors incapable of holding back flames and said staff were unaware of the dangers of leaving combustible materials on staircases and in the shop’s understairs electrical switch room.

Station manager David Watson said: “Fire safety officers always try to work with businesses and business owners to ensure they are compliant or can achieve compliance with the requirements of the legislation within an acceptable time scale.

“Unfortunately in this case, Jack Wills Limited chose to disregard the items identified within their own fire risk assessments and further advice offered by fire safety officers. A company of this standing should have regard for fire safety matters in a more conscientious way. The conviction of Jack Wills Limited shows how seriously the fire authority and the courts view those who put the safety of others at risk in the event of a fire.”


2012

Famous Five

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...


Fire authority compliance fine

A Swindon hotel owner has been fined after pleading guilty to failing to provide information to his local fire and rescue service.

The owner of the Ivy Hotel in Wroughton, Darioush Keynejad, failed to comply with a requirement to provide information requested by Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service. View case...


Landlord pleads guilty to eight fire safety offences

A Manchester landlord has been fined more than £9,000 after pleading guilty to fire safety offences. Javed Waraich of Lloyd Street South was fined £9,259 at Manchester City Magistrates Court on 7 November after pleading guilty to eight offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The court heard that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service officers visited the Premier Convenience store on Wilmslow Road in November 2011 and served an enforcement notice. More...


Landlord Fails to Keep Tenants Safe From Fire

A fire in a flat at 49 Park Road, St Anne’s on Thursday 2nd December 2010 in which the occupant was fortunate to escape serious injury and a complaint made by local residents and information received from Fylde Borough Council, prompted an inspection by Fire Safety enforcement officers of seven buildings owned by Lytham landlord Mr Neal Gilligan. On 2nd August 2012 at a Plea and Case Management Hearing at Preston Crown Court, the defendant, Mr Neal Gilligan, pleaded guilty to 13 offences. More...


National hotel chain pleads guilty to fire safety offences

Hotel chain Travelodge has been fined £13,000 and ordered to pay £6,500 costs after breaching fire safety law at its Gatwick Airport Central hotel. More...


Owner sentenced for fire safety offences

A judge has described the offences of a takeaway owner in Oldham as “a wake up" for those running a business.

The judgment came at the sentencing of a takeaway owner who put the lives of a four-year-old girl and his staff at risk by committing 11 breaches of the Fire Safety Order. More...


Celebrity hair salon pays £40,000 after fire safety breaches

A West End hair salon owned by celebrity hairdresser Daniel Hersheson has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fines and costs after breaching fire safety laws.

The prosecution followed a fire at the salon in Conduit Street, London in May 2009, in which a member of staff was badly burnt when candles in the shop, which were being used to create atmosphere, lit her skirt. The member of staff was taken to hospital where she was found to have suffered third degree burns.

London Fire Brigade was not called to the fire but attended the salon a few days after the incident to conduct a fire safety inspection.

Rudan Ltd, trading as Daniel Hersheson, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – failure to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and failure to provide staff with adequate and regular safety training. The company was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday 18 September, paying a £10,000 fine for each offence and £20,000 in costs.

London Fire Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety regulation, Lee Phillpotts, said: “Business owners have a clear responsibility under fire safety law to ensure that both the public and their employees are safe from the risk of fire. This verdict sends a clear message that if these responsibilities are ignored we will not hesitate in prosecuting and serious penalties are likely to be imposed." He added: “People should always be extremely careful when using candles. You should never leave them unattended and keep them well away from any flammable materials.” Source: Info4Fire


Fish & Chip Shop Owner Fined

The owner of the Beach Break Cafe fish and chip shop in Brighton has been fined £21,000 for failing to comply with fire safety regulations.

According to Brighton and Hove News, Samantha Coull pleaded guilty to six offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Brighton Magistrates Court heard how the property only had no emergency lighting and only one domestic smoke alarm, which was faulty.

Ms Coull also failed to carry out a fire risk assessment and had not provided her staff with any training on what to do in the event of a fire. The breaches were only discovered after a fire broke out at the shop last year, causing firefighters to evacuate a number of neighbouring properties.

Richard Fowler, head of protection at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said the £21,000 fine handed to Ms Coull reflects the "serious nature" of her offences.

"The public should continue to be reassured that we take any breaches of fire safety legislation very seriously," he remarked. Source: FIA

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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.


Manchester Shop Owner Fined £9,000

Ahtezaz Akhtar was handed a fine of £1000 for each breach of the order, plus a further £4,200 of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s costs at a hearing on 23 May at Tameside Magistrates Court. The Best One off licence in Ashton was used as a convenience store and off licence with workers sleeping on the floors above the shop. The premises had no basic fire safety measures in place, and an inspection from a fire officer in August 2011 revealed a litany of dangers.

The full list of breaches of the RRO that Mr Akhtar admitted to were failures to:

Deputy county fire officer Jim Owen said, "Where businesses neglect their responsibilities and put their workers or members of the public at risk, we will prosecute them and seek to recover the costs. The vast majority of businesses in Greater Manchester do carry out their legal responsibilities accordingly but this case should be a warning to those who fail to do so that we will take action against them." Source: Info4Fire


Responsible Person Fined for Fire Safety Offences

The former manager of a takeaway with flats above has pleaded guilty to two offences under the Fire Safety Order.

Mohammed Zafran Rashid of Caledonian Road, Dewsbury ran the premises – Sunrise Lodge in Batley – when his father was out of the country under a power of attorney. He was prosecuted under article 5(3) as a person who has control of the premises so far as requirements relate to matters within his control.

Kirklees Magistrates Court was told by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service that the fire alarm appeared not to have worked for some time and a fire exit was blocked by a bed base and mattresses. Mr Rashid was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £2570 costs. Source: Info4Fire

Our Response

Mr Rashid was deemed to be the 'Responsible Person' even though he did not own the business. It is important that the responsible person in each business recognises who they are. This role is one you cannot delegate, however you can delegate the work it entails.


B&M Retail Ltd has had to pay almost £33,000

Fire protection officers from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service visited the B&M Bargains store in Stockwell Gate, Mansfield in June 2011 and found that the fire precautions which should have been provided in the event of a fire were inadequate. An enforcement notice was issued requiring the deficiencies to be remedied. When officers re-visited the premises in October 2011 they found that several breaches had been repeated, including the locking of fire exits.

The offences and fines imposed by Mansfield Magistrates Court on 30 May for the first visit in June 2011 were:

The offences and fines for the second visit in October 2011 were:

Ian Taylor, fire protection group manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:
"We are here to provide advice and support to local businesses and are always willing to help to make sure they comply with the fire safety legislation. However, the public should continue to be reassured that we take any breaches of fire safety very seriously and will use legal sanctions where necessary. In this case, my officers had previously spent some time ensuring that B&M Retail Ltd was aware of its responsibilities and duties to ensure people’s safety, and it is disappointing that they chose to continue to place people at risk from fire.”

A spokesman for B&M Retail said:
“The offences relate to when we opened the store last year. B&M deeply regrets the failings in fire safety precautions at Mansfield branch, and we have taken the appropriate steps to rectify the matter.” Source: Info4Fire


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