Landlords burned by fire safety prosecution
Recently we came to hear about two property landlords in Haringey, Greater London, who were sentenced for six months imprisonment and ordered to pay ┬ú5,000 costs each for breaching fire safety regulations.
The pair were brought up short after a fire in their property which revealed inadequate fire alarms, lack of proper fire doors and no fire fighting equipment.
Cases such as this put the spotlight on health and safety in the workplace, which is especially important in the property industry.
If you own, manage or operate a business, you must comply with fire safety law – or face thousands of pounds in fines or even a prison sentence.
The main law regarding fire safety is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO), which applies across England and Wales and came into force on 1st October 2006.
Find out more about the rules and regulations here.
You could also consider hiring a health and safety consultant to get professional help and advice. Independent advisors such as Midlands-based Jaw Business Solutions offer essential health and safety guidance, and can help you identify and resolve any issues regarding health and safety in the workplace.
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