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Tue 25th Sep 2012

Director charged with failing to train employees


At Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court a fashion store Director was recently found guilty of a number of offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. One charge related to  the safety of all relevant persons in case of fire, by failing to ensure that employees were provided with adequate safety training pursuant to Article 21 (1) (a).   

The Director has been personally fined for fire safety breaches which put employees and customers at risk.

The store was inspected by a specialist Fire Safety Officer who found on arrival at the two-storey premise a catalogue of basic fire safety failings including two fire doors blocked and locked and a lack of management control regarding the fire detection and alarm system.

The employees told the officers inspecting that they had not had training and one staff member did not know where the fire exits were.

Greater Manchesters Head of Fire Prevention and Protection, said "This premise had a catalogue of failings which together could've proved fatal.  The Director was responsible for undertaking an assessment which included the need to ensure managers and employees were trained. The failings leading up to this case are in some ways similar to those at the New Look Fire but fortunately a fire incident hadnt occurred.

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