A London Hotel and its sole Director have been fined £210,000 plus £50,000 costs following a successful prosecution by the London Fire Brigade. It is believed to be the first time that a jury, rather than magistrates or an individual judge, has convicted a defendant under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The offences date back to 18 May 2008 following a fire at the hotel. Three people escaped from the fire following which the London Fire Brigade safety inspectors visited the hotel and raised a number of fire safety concerns including defective fire doors, blocked escape routes and no smoke alarms in some of the bedrooms. No suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment was available and staff had not been provided with adequate fire safety training.

The fine was apportioned between the Corporate defendant (the Limited Company being fined £30,000) and the individual defendant (The hotel owner and sole Director being fined £180,000).

It is vital that employers or those who have control over premises carry out a fire risk assessment and act on any findings. The assessment must be kept under constant review and amended if any changes are made to the premises. In addition adequate training must be provided to staff.

London Fire Brigade alone carries out some 16,000 fire inspections of premises each year. Call Cardinus today to discuss your fire risk assessments needs.

For more information contact Cardinus Property on 0207 469 0200 or email info@cardinus.com.

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