Recent Case Studies of Businesses Who Didn’t Abide by the Law- Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO 2005)

There have been many case studies of businesses who have failed to abide by Fire Safety Laws, often with devastating results. This Blog post is going to talk about many different examples of businesses who have failed to comply with the Fire Safety laws, some have been fatal while others have not.

Case Studies

First of all, on May the 3rd this year, a couple who rented out a number of rooms above a bar in Rugby had ignored fire safety rules despite repeated warnings from council and fire officers.

A complaint was filed by a customer in July 2015 to the council, the council then carried out an inspection of the building under a warrant and discovered a large number of Fire Safety breaches. Some of these breaches include, broken fire alarms, escape routes blocked, large holes were found in ceilings, floorboards were missing and Fire Doors throughout the building were in poor condition. After a joint investigation with the local fire services, the couple were charged with 25 fire safety breaches under the Housing Act 2004, AJ’s Bar (Rugby) Limited was fined a total of £5,080.

Another business which was fined was, Mill House Inns Ltd. They were fined £25,000 because of various different breaches which included fire doors being wedged open, no emergency plan, inadequate staff training and failure to test fire alarms. This resulted in a fire breaking out in March 2007 which could have been fatal but fortunately, no staff or guests were injured.

Finally, the most expensive Fire Safety breach was from the well-known retailer, New Look. They were fined £400,000 in court following a fire that happened in 2007 at their Oxford Street Store. It took 35 fire engines and 150 fire fighters to tackle the blaze that was ongoing over 3 days.

New Look pleased guilty to two Fire Safety Breaches, Insufficient staff training and Storage blocking the escape routes. Councillor Brian Coleman, chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority said that; Good business management includes taking responsibility for fire safety, knowing the law and acting on it. This conviction shows that large companies are not exempt from prosecution and that the London Fire Brigade will take action when businesses do not take their fire safety responsibilities seriously.

Failure to comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 law can, as this case has shown, result in a substantial fine.


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