Putting the lives of staff at risk can be very costly for employers.
A restaurant owner in Suffolk who provided accomodation for his Staff had not taken any account of their safety from the effects of a fire.
He was ordered to pay £7,000 in fines and costs for knowingly breaching a prohibition notice that had been issued by the Fire Authority under the new Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order which was introduced in October last year.
Had a fire broken out on the Ground Floor, the staff who were living on the 1st and 2nd floors had no safe means of escape and could have been seriously injured or could have died.
A simple Risk Assessment would have shown the problems in the first place although in the event, the Fire Authority paid a visit and gave advice that was ignored.
As with all premises in which staff are working or particularly of they are provided with sleeping accomodation, if a Risk Assessment is not carried out and its findings implemented, a breach of the Regulations could prove very costly in terms not only of fines and costs, but also in lives.
We are experts in our field and provide advice to large corporations and institutions as well as very many small companies.
If you would like totally independent advice or a Risk Assessment carried out, do not wait until you get a visit from the Fire Authority, call us and we will do our utmost to ensure you are meeting the new fire Regulations and more importantly making sure your premises are safe without necessarily spending a fortune on new equipment.
Story By : Malcolm Moffat
Date : 25-06-2007