Monday, 10 November 2014

Managing agent fined £10,000 after breaking fire safety laws

Bridgeford & Co. Limited were fined £10,000 and had costs of over £16,500 awarded against them for flouting fire safety laws.

They pleaded guilty to four offences relating to fire safety management at Canterbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

KFRS were called to a fire in a four-storey property at Ethelbert Terrace, on Cliftonville seafront in Margate just before 5am on April 22 2012.

Firefighters had to lead a man to safety from a top floor flat.

KFRS fire safety officers carried out an investigation and looked at the fire safety management of the property.

The investigation found that in addition to failure of the fire alarm, the building did not have a fire risk assessment until almost three years after Bridgeford & Co. Ltd took over management of the building.

Their arrangements for inspecting and maintaining the fire safety measures in the building were also found to be inadequate.

In sentencing, the magistrates fined the company £10,000 and ordered them to pay the KFRS’s costs of just over £16,500.

There you have it - get a risk assessment and make sure that the fire safety measures in their buildings are kept in good working order

its as simple as that.

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