Employees had to dodge flames after a fire gutted the pre-fabricated building of #BrickFabrications in #Pontypool in South Wales in 2014.

This has come to light following the prosecution of #BrickFabrications by South Wales Fire & Rescue Service at a court hearing on the 23rd May 2016 where the company was found guilty of eight breaches of The Regulatory (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The significant findings of their fire risk assessment had not been acted upon and some workers had brave smoke and flames to escape from the building. The recommendations in the risk assessment stated, amongst other things, that an automatic fire detection was required to alert employees of a fire but the company failed to act upon this. The fire, started by sparks from an angle grinder igniting residual cleaning fluid, quickly spread around the building but the efforts of employees to shout out that there was a fire was insufficiently loud enough for some to hear. The fire detection and alarm system would have resolved the problem.

#BrickFoundations were #fined £23,350 plus costs.

It is common amongst businesses that don't really appreciate or read their fire risk assessment that it is not a certificate of compliance but a report of the standard and quality of fire safety in their premises. Any issues or concerns raised are then highlighted in the significant findings with an action plan that has different levels of priority. It is then up to the #ResponsiblePerson or someone with that delegated responsibility, to act upon those findings either resolving the problems and/or appointing a #CompetentPerson to resolve them. The fire risk assessment is then suitably endorsed and an indication of how the problems were resolved.
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