The Four Seasons Health Care Group was fined a total of £59,000 at Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts in Liverpool, following a guilty plea to serious breaches of fire safety regulations over a care home, as a result of a complaint.
Four Seasons (No 9) was found guilty of two breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, at its Cypress Court Care Home premises on Broad Street, Crewe.
Back in 2016, a complaint was received from a concerned resident. The complaint led to a fire safety audit being carried out and completed in March 2016, where the following concerns were detected:
The breaches included;
The aforementioned breaches put the lives of vulnerable people at risk of death or serious injury.
The District Judge commented that luckily, there was no fire in this instance, however, the risk of harm was high.
The Fire Protection Manager at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Mark Abram said: “the safety of people living, visiting and working in all premises such as this is of paramount importance.
Establishments where people sleep and need assistance to get in and out in the event of a fire are especially significant and fire safety must be treated as priority.”
The Four Seasons Care Homes said that they regretted the fire safety breaches and that it was a one-off occurrence.