Serving as a reminder of the importance and severity fire safety breaches can result in, our latest update on fire assessment-related prosecutions highlights a £20k fine for a takeaway in York, who put his employees at risk, and a landlord who forced his tenants to live in a fire trap.
A York takeaway has been hit with a £20,000 fine for putting its sleeping employees at risk of death or serious injury from fire.
Fire officers forced Naz Spice to close immediately on safety grounds when they discovered people sleeping in a back room. The owner of the property had failed to ensure the building was safe and a series of risks were identified as follows:
Failing to have a suitable fire alarms
Failure to provide fire detectors
Lacked fire doors
Obstructions were found on escape routes
No employee fire training
The FIA has reported that Bassetlaw Council has prosecuted a landlord who took advantage of her tenants by 'forcing' them to live in a nightmare property which had electrical faults, no fire alarms and insecure windows.
Among the issues at the house were no fire alarms, fire damage to the rear of the building, no adequate fire escapes, concerns over the security of the property after the front door had been nailed shut, insecure windows, inadequate internal doors, electrical faults and loose cabling, missing floorboards, loose carpets on a steep staircase and concerns over the heating system and insulation of the property.
A total of 17 areas of concern meant Jubb had to take immediate action on 11 counts and a fine of £6,500 was awarded.
These cases serve as a vital reminder of the responsibilities building owners have, particularly regarding fire safety.
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