Latest Fire Safety Prosecutions
Round-up of recent Fire Safety court cases
The former owner of a care home in Cheshire was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence, ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service and pay costs of £68,362, for three breaches of the RRFSO following a fire.
The joint owners of a Liverpool care home were fined a total of £44,000 plus £4,000 costs for not having an adequate fire risk assessment or fire evacuation plan; and having an ineffective fire alarm system, wedged-open fire doors, and blocked emergency exits.
The landlord of a student house was fined £10,000 plus £825 in costs for several safety offences under HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) legislation.
Another landlord running an unlicensed HMO was fined £12,520 for having poorly fitted fire doors, no working fire-alarm system or emergency lighting, and no fire-risk assessment.
A Peterborough letting agent had to pay more than £14,000 for running an unlicensed HMO which had a faulty fire-alarm system, covered-over smoke alarms, and a blocked fire-escape route.
In a slightly unusual case, a landlord was fined £500 plus £3000 costs for repeatedly failing to respond to requests for information on whether he had complied with a previous Enforcement Notice.
A company and its director were fined a total of £16,600 including costs for illegally burning waste at a development site near the M1 motorway.
These facts were taken from an article by Cherry Park, published by IFSEC Fire on 15/01/2014.