FIRE SAFETY LEGISLATION BEGINS TO BITE

An external fire risk assessor and a hotel manager have both recently been prosecuted under the Regulatory Reform (fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) and jailed for eight months for fire safety offences.

David Liu, who runs the Dial Hotel and Market Inn, both in Mansfield, had previously pleaded guilty to 15 offences under the (RRFSO), while John O'Rourke of Mansfield Fire Protection Services, pleaded guilty to two offences under the legislation. Sentencing the two defendants at Nottingham Crown Court, the judge said that the time had come to send out a message to those who conduct fire risk assessments and to hoteliers who are prepared to put profit before safety.

Officers from Nottingham Fire and Rescue service found that fire precautions, which should have been provided to safeguard the occupants in the event of a fire, were inadequate. Mr O'Rourke, as a person other than the responsible person who had some control of the premises, pleaded guilty to two counts (one for each hotel) of failing to provide a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment. He was also ordered to pay costs of £5,860.

Contrast this with a recent report from fire-resistant ductwork systems manufacturer, Fire Protection Ltd (FPL). The report concerned a fire that occurred inside the kitchen extract ductwork of the Watford's exclusive 5-star rated Grove Hotel that spread no further than that, thanks to the company's Flamebar BW11.

the long-established fire-resistant ductwork system completely contained the blaze in precisely the manner it is designed to do. The ductwork that actually contained the fire showed no sign of deterioration compared with the stadard ductwork in the kitchen area which was destroyed.

Clearly, any hotelier that may consider his fire risk assessment to be in need of re-examination would do well to consult fire Protection Ltd (FPL).

  • 03 January 2012

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