Prosecution category

21 Mar 2018

Huge explosion at Surrey firm

Surrey Crown Court was told that a huge explosion which injured eight staff at a Surrey industrial site, five seriously, occurred because of a failure to carry out a fire risk assessment. The blast was at the Lingfield premises of Ereco EMEA Corporation, where the company recycled printer toner cartridges. An investigation by the HSE […]

26 Jul 2016

Independent fire risk assessor and care home in court

An independent fire risk assessor has been given a four month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £1,000 costs after ‘paying lip service’ to assessing a Cheshire care home. The fire risk assessor, a retired firefighter was given the sentence after he had been appointed by Minster Care to provide a fire […]

18 Aug 2015

Ten senior executives of the company that owned the warehouse site that exploded in the China have been detained.

Massive explosions rocked the north-eastern coastal city of Tianjin, killing at least 114 people, officials said, and devastating a large industrial zone and nearby residences. At least 57 people are still missing, according to authorities. Thousands of officials, fire-fighters, policemen and local residents mourned the victims at the blast site this Tuesday, bowing their heads […]

16 Apr 2015

HMO landlord hit with heavy fine

Uxbridge Magistrates Court found Javeed Hossain guilty of failing to obtain the requisite Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence for his property in Harlington, west London. When officers from Hillingdon Council visited the property, they required Hossain to obtain an HMO licence limiting the property to six tenants, but on revisiting they found he had breached […]

20 Feb 2014

Antrim fire: Man held over suspected arson at Tiger Court flats

A man has been arrested following a suspected arson attack in Antrim. Several people, including three police officers, were treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze at flats in Tiger Court. The fire, which is thought to have been started deliberately after a window was smashed, was reported at 01:25 GMT. A number of residents […]

19 Feb 2014

Jack Buckley detained for killing friend Ryan Morrell in car blaze

A teenager who killed his friend by accidentally setting fire to a car has been given a three-year custodial sentence. Jack Buckley, 18, drunkenly broke a car window and dropped a lit cigarette lighter inside while using it to search for cannabis and other possessions. He did not realise his friend Ryan Morrell, 18, was […]

19 Feb 2014

Man arrested over Stockton house arson attack

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after seven people were forced to flee a house blaze on Teesside. Four adults and three children escaped the fire at the property in Kingston Road, Stockton, on Friday. Police said an initial investigation suggested a flammable liquid had been thrown at the house. A Cleveland […]

13 Nov 2010

£50k fine, due to fire safety breaches

A store described as a “death trap” has been handed a fine of more than £50,000. The Poundstretcher branch in Castleford’s Carlton Street was penalised £51,500 for seven breaches of the Fire Safety Order 2005, and was also ordered to pay costs of £3,499. According to Judge Reid, Poundstretcher had not made the premises safe […]

15 Jun 2010

Tesco pays £119,000 for fire safety law breaches

Supermarket giant Tesco has been fined £95,000 and ordered to pay over £24,000 in costs after pleading guilty to five breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO)

01 Jun 2010

Named and shamed

Prosecutions by the Fire Brigade continue to rise. Poor or non existent assessments and lack of training are a continuing problem. The LFB website states: ‘A risk assessment should be carried out by someone who has had sufficient training, and has good experience or knowledge of fire safety’

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