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Fire Management

Friday 20 Aug 2010 [13:03]

Case law: with record fines imposed and increased enforcement activity taking place, could now be a good time for organisations to renew their fire risk management and safety procedures?
The cases:
In November 2009, a High Street Retailer was fined £250,000 and £150,000 respectively for failing to provide a "suitable and sufficient" fire risk assessment and adequate safety training for
staff, following a fire at one of its shops in London's Oxford Street.

Southwark Crown Court heard how the shop had been packed with early evening shoppers when smoke was seen coming from a second-storey window. The court was told that even though the alarm sounded, it was mysteriously turned off and customers were allowed to continue shopping.
Even when the alarm was reset and began again, staff failed to react.

The fire gutted the building, which later had to be demolished. It started in the second floor storeroom but fire officers couldn't establish the cause.

Although no-one was injured, Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC said the fire could have been a "disaster almost too awful to contemplate".

The £400,000 fine is the largest imposed on a British company for fire safety breaches since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was made law in 2006. It is also thought to be the biggest ever financial penalty for such breaches.
 
The prosecution is one of a number of recent cases involving fire safety incidents that have resulted in hefty fines being imposed by courts.

 

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