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22nd June 2022

Landlord Found Guilty of Multiple Fire Safety Breaches

What’s Happened? The Landlord of two properties in South Wales has recently been found guilty of 21 offences relating to fire safety following the conclusion of a week-long Jury trial at Cardiff Crown Court. The offences were significant to life safety, numerous fire safety breaches were identified which included:- Failure to maintain working fire alarms […]

Furniture Manufacturer Fined After No Risk Assessment

15th June 2022

Furniture Manufacturer Fined £150K Due To Lack of Risk Assessment

What’s Happened? A North Wales company that manufactures sofas and chairs has recently been prosecuted after failing to ensure that employees’ exposure to the risks from vibrating tools was sufficiently risk assessed and managed. It transpires that the company had not carried out a thorough risk assessment, didn’t have adequate control measures to manage exposure […]

Engineering firm fined for fatal accident

18th May 2022

Engineering Firm Fined £500K After Fatal Crush Incident

What’s Happened? A Lancashire based engineering company has recently been fined £500,000 with costs of £145,487 following a fatal incident concerning one of their employees during the maintenance of machinery. The company specialises in the manufacture of containers and drums for the nuclear, aerospace and medical industries. An employee of the business was understood to […]

20th April 2022

Landlord Given £40k Fine For Fire Safety Failings

What’s Happened? A landlord and the Responsible Person for an office block in Bedford have recently been fined over £40,000 relating to a number of breaches of the Fire Safety Order. A site audit of the property was undertaken by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (BFRS) resulted in various deficiencies being identified. As such, both […]

13th April 2022

Fatal Fall From Height Results In Prosecution

What’s Happened? A roofer and scaffolder have recently been prosecuted over a fatal fall from the roof of a two-storey terraced house. The incident occurred due to neither contractor putting in place simple preventative measures in place to avoid the incident. Two roofers were working on the property’s roof – a 2 story terraced house […]

6th April 2022

Evacuation Alert Systems

This blog concerns the recently released new standard (BS 8629:2019) which covers ‘the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by the Fire and Rescue Service in buildings containing flats.’ which came about after the Grenfell Fire tragedy. What is an evacuation alert system (EAS)? An evacuation alert system is an alarm […]