Paul Dailey, landlord and proprietor of the George and Dragon in Swallowfield, Berkshire, was prosecuted last month at Reading Magistrates Court after a routine inspection by fire safety officers in May 2007. Dailey was fined £4,000 after pleading guilty to 10 charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Costs of £3,948 were also awarded against Mr Dailey.
Breaches of the Order included:
• No fire risk assessment had been carried out for the premises
• No fire protection was provided for fire escape routes
• No fire alarm system
• Fire escape routes were obstructed
• No fire drill training was given to any members of staff
• Emergency lighting systems did not work
The court was told that these breaches presented a serious and life-threatening risk to both staff and the public.
Darren Baird, Managing Director of Total Fire Services Ltd, one of the UK’s most prominent fire safety consultancy services, commented, “Under the requirements of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety order (RRFSO) 2005, the responsible person for the premises must ensure that a fire safety risk assessment is completed regularly for the building and kept under review. The results of any assessment must be made available to all members of staff and other employees working in the building.”
“It is also the legal responsibility of the management of the hotel to ensure that regular fire evacuation drills are carried out, that fire safety equipment is installed in suitable areas, and regularly tested.”
Darren added, “Failure to comply with fire safety regulations, as was the case with the Landlord of The George and Dragon, will undoubtedly lead to prosecution and inevitably a fine. Such action may be avoided as Total Fire Services can provide mediation services on behalf of clients with relevant enforcement authorities, helping avoid possible prosecution.”