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£150,000 fine and suspended #prison #sentence for #Students #letting company failing to comply with #firesafety regulations. Yes, £150k fine!
http://tinyurl.com/jsq9yme
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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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#Nightclub owner #NathanJones who runs the #VanillaBar in Blackwood and lives in #SpringfieldVilla in #Pontypool, was found guilty of two charges (Article 27 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005) at the #CwbranMagistratesCourt on June 13th of the of ignoring fire service requests and not co-operating adequately with the fire service (South Wales Fire & Rescue Service) to complete safety investigations under the Fire Safety Order. He was ordered to pay over £8,000 in fines and costs.

The solicitor acting for Mr Jones and his company, #19StepsLtd, suggested that the fire service should attend the premises themselves and seek the information, which was rejected on the grounds that the premises had a court closure order on it, and that it was unreasonable to expect fire officers to locate material which could easily be identified by the company.

Judge Harmes said: “There is a public interest of a high level to assist Fire Service Regulations. Mr Jones’ offer through his solicitor is not sufficient. Judge Harmes went on to say that “In my opinion it is not the fire service’s job to sift through countless files and paperwork and your offer to provide the information is a sham facilitation.”
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‪#‎DevoniaCareHome‬ in ‪#Southbourne‬, ‪#‎Emsworth‬, risked the lives of its residents which resulted in fines and costs of just under fines of just under £5,000 after West Sussex Fire & Rescue became aware of failings in their fire safety and took enforcement action resulting in a prohibition notice when they failed to comply with the enforcement notice.
Some of the concerns related to an inadequate safe and efficient evacuation plan, especially for non-mobile patients on the first floor; inadequate fire doors, fire safety plans and risk assessments.
The owner Helen Green appeared before Worthing Magistrates Court on Friday, June 24, for failing to comply with enforcement and prohibition notices and was ordered to pay £1,500 costs for failing to comply with an enforcement notice and £1,500 for failing to comply with a prohibition notice. In addition she was also ordered to pay £1,824 towards prosecution costs, along with a £120 surcharge.
The care home closed down after failing an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission in March this year
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Not even a church and the support of a supreme being can avoid the wrath of the ‪#‎LondonFireBrigade‬ and the ‪#‎FireSafetyOrder‬ as an ‪#‎Addiscombe‬ church discovered when they were issued with an ‪#‎EnforementNotice‬ recently and rightly so.
East Croydon United Reformed Church were found to be in breach of 6 parts of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with items such as a fire risk assessment that was not 'suitable & sufficient', insufficient emergency escape lighting and an inadequate fire detection system.
The church responded quickly to the notice and hope to complete all outstanding matters by the 20th July and within the LFB notice timescales
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‪#‎Paris‬ ‪#‎RitzHotel‬ ‪#‎Fire‬ - Fire in roof of the Paris Ritz engulfs whole of roof space and upper floors during refurbishment work. Once again this highlights the very high fire risks associated with building work and how strict management and control of contractors, procedures and 'hot-work' is necessary to avoid such accidents happening, particularly in high profile locations such as these.
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Following on from the ‪#‎TheAddressDowntown‬ ‪#Hotel‬ ‪#Fire‬ in ‪#‎Dubai‬ on New Year's Eve, an interesting article below provides additional information and background information on the serious issues that exist in the ‪#‎UAE‬ for a large proportion of High-Rise buildings. Resolving the problems identified in the report will challenge the owners of the buildings and costs will run into the millions of pounds to get even close to providing the required replacement facades to make these buildings safe and avoid another fire like that seen on the 31st December 2015.

http://tinyurl.com/gtk9cc3
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A disgruntled and drunk resident who started a fire in the corridor of a block of flats she lived resulted in the owners of the property being prosecuted by the Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service due to poor fire precautions in the property. Situated in Grimshaw Street in Preston, the 3-storey block placed some residents at risk of injury whilst unnecessarily having to escape from their flats.
Further details are detailed below:

http://tinyurl.com/ht2kroe
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