Author Archive | Annelies Kowzan

London Councils Admit to Fire Safety Failings

Eight London borough councils have admitted to not regularly carrying out a fire risk assessments in 342 tower blocks. Some tower blocks had not been checked for over three years. The revelations have come to light following the prosecution of Southwark Council. They faced charges for fire safety failings preceding the Lakanal House Fire in […]

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Textile Business Fined £51k

T&A Textiles, from Manchester have been fined £51,000 after a number of fire safety breaches were discovered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. T&A Textiles includes a four-storey mill, warehouses and a showroom. The investigators discovered that had a fire broken out, the chances of workers getting out alive were slim. Manchester Crown Court […]

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Disabled Refuge – What’s Your Responsibility?

The Equality Act made it the responsibility of all businesses to ensure that access is available to everyone, and there is no discrimination. Provisions must be made for the safe evacuation of all persons in an emergency. In some cases, those that are physically impaired can be assisted by others. However, in most emergency situations this […]

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Retirement Home Breaches Fire Safety Laws

Following the death of an elderly resident, a property company responsible for managing a retirement home has been given a fine of £360k, plus a further £100k in costs. The fine is one of the largest ever given out for fire safety offences in the UK. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service prosecuted FirstPort Limited, formerly […]

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Convenience Store Owner Fined

Mr Usman Ali, the owner of Ray’s Discount Store in Hendon, Tyne and Wear, has been fined £1000 each for two counts of failing to reply to letters sent by the fire and rescue service. In addition to the fines, Mr Ali has been issued legal costs of £1380 and a victim surcharge of £120. […]

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Is the Easter Bunny Real?

In today’s world there are many uses for CCTV, but one of their more unusual benefits is that they can be used to fool your kids. With Easter quickly approaching children around the world are getting excited at the prospect of the famous bunny leaving chocolates at their house. So we’ve trawled the internet to […]

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Quick Guide to Fire Extinguishers

The number of fires recorded in England in 2015 was over 150,000! This highlights the importance of having adequate fire protection for your business. There are a number of legal obligations for business owners to comply with regarding fire extinguishers. Therefore, we have put together this quick guide to help you understand your requirements as […]

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