Care Home Guilty of Fire Safety Offences

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The owner of a care home has been sentenced after admitting fire safety failures following a devastating fire. The cause of the fire was found to be from an electrical fault, which quickly spread to the roof. At the time, 35 elderly residents were in the home; 30 were not independently mobile and five were […]

Company fined after fatal burns injury

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An employee suffered fatal burns while cleaning a spray booth using a highly flammable cleaning solvent.  The court heard flammable vapour ignited after a pressure washer was taken into the vehicle painting booth. The ignition caused a serious fire. HSE investigation An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found the employer had not […]

Flawed risk assessment leads to uncontrolled fire

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A chemical company has been fined over safety failures that led to a potentially deadly explosion. The firm was prosecuted after there was a 3am blaze involving loud explosions. The police declared it “a major incident”. The court heard heated ovens or “hot boxes” had been used to heat up sealed drums containing dangerous substances. […]

Fire risk management

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Following the tragic fire on 14th June at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, some of our clients have enquired about what they should be doing to protect themselves and the people they are responsible for from the risk of fire.  Although there has been some speculation regarding the possible causes of the fire and particularly […]

SMEs Flouting Fire Door Safety Law

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A recent survey of 860 trade professionals shows most commercial buildings break fire door safety regulations and put people at risk. The research by IronmongeryDirect is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the critical role fire doors play in saving lives and property. Although around 3 million new fire doors are installed every […]

Fine for Fire Safety Failings

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A construction company based in South Wales has been fined £100,000 for fire safety failings at its building site. In July, the HSE conducted an unannounced inspection of the site which comprised dozens of timber frame houses under construction. The inspectors found that the houses carried a serious fire risk to construction workers and the […]

£160,000 fine for Landlady

Landlady fined £160,000

A landlady has been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 prosecution costs for breaking fire safety laws following a fatal fire in one of the Hounslow properties she rented out. The fire, which was in a house in multiple occupation (HMO) containing 10 people; required four fire engines and 20 fire fighters to tackle […]