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Travelodge Fire Safety Fine

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.

The company pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Fire Safety Order at Haywards Heath magistrates court on Friday 14 September.

The prosecution was started after crews were called to extinguish a blaze on the ground floor of the six-storey hotel, which was being refurbished at the time, in September 2011. When fire safety officers attended the hotel, they were so concerned by the inadequacy of the fire safety measures that a prohibition notice was served preventing anyone from staying at the hotel.

The seven breaches were:

Protection group manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Andy Tonks, said:

"Fortunately, due to the professionalism of our crews at the time of the incident, the fire was brought under control quickly and nobody was hurt. However, under different circumstances, the consequences could have been life-threatening.

"Protecting the public will always be our top priority and while we would much rather offer advice to the businesses to help them comply with fire safety law, where serious breaches are putting people's lives at risk we will certainly seek to prosecute." Source: Info4Fire

Our Response

Once again it is proven that no matter if your company is big or small, they all fall foul of poor fire safety management without support at hand! In this instance, Travelodge failed to keep on top of their fire safety.

Simply by creating a fire safety action plan before any works starts, it will demonstrate that you have thought about the compensatory measure you need to take whilst refurbishing. Once you have done this, you need effective management throughout the process to ensure compliance and ultimately guest safety in this case. Professional support for work like this need not be costly, and is far cheaper than the fine and prohibition notice.

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