FIRESKILLS – FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT FOR THE ‘PROTEUS CREATION SPACE’
It’s been very remiss of me not to have acknowledged sooner the most impressive ‘Fire Risk Assessment’ that Fireskills undertook for us recently.
Just a quick line to say thank you; it’s a most thorough, detailed and comprehensive report and as I say, I’m indeed thoroughly impressed.
Please can you also pass on my positive comments to Bob who I know assisted in the production of the assessment.
All very best wishes – Michael
The atomic bomb factory in Aldermaston was fined £200,000 yesterday for health and safety breaches after a fire which could have had fatal consequences.
Judge Richard Parkes, QC, sentenced AWE Plc for failing to ensure the safety of its workers at Reading Crown Court following the blaze in an explosives compound on August 3, 2010.
The court heard how employee Ashley Emery, 29, from Basingstoke, suffered burns to his face and left arm in the fire when a fireball ignited in a mixture of volatile chemicals.
He managed to flee the blaze with other employees as the fire continued to spread and seriously damage the building as firefighters arrived unaware explosives were inside.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found AWE had failed to implement safeguards relating to storage and working with hazardous materials including not providing proper protective clothing.
There were also shortcomings which demonstrated a failure of supervision, monitoring and auditing over time especially in the validating of approved risk assessments.
Passing sentence, Judge Parkes said: “The defendant fell substantially short of meeting the test of reasonable practicability.”
In addition to imposing the fine Judge Parkes ordered the AWE to pay costs of £80,258.05 and £2,500 to Mr Emery along with a £15 victim surcharge.
AWE apologised after admitting the charge earlier this month and yesterday it again reiterated its regret that the fire had occurred and Mr Emery had been injured.
Following the sentence Neil Buckner of Fire Skills Ltd said “All business, irrespective of size, should ensure their Fire Risk Assessments, Policies and Procedures are adequate and reviewed regularly. All members of staff should also be aware of updates and suitably trained on them.”
A record fine has been handed to a care home owner who put residents at risk through fire safety breaches.
David Moseley and his firm DM Care were given a £35,000 fine after local fire services found several breaches of regulations following a fire last year.
The Ambassador Care Home in Lytham Road, South Shore, was found to have a Santa’s Grotto blocking an exit route by emergency services when the blaze started in January 2012, Blackpool Gazette reports.
Furthermore, no approved fire protection systems and alarms were in place, therefore leaving residents’ lives at risk.
While nobody was hurt in last year’s conflagration, 40 people in the care home had to be led to safety by firefighters during the incident.
In a court case held last month, DM Care was given a record fine for an incident such as this in Lancashire and the maximum that could have been imposed.
And speaking to the news provider following the sentencing, Paul Ratcliffe, protection support manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The sentencing of DM Care is the culmination of a fire safety inspection in the aftermath of a fire which disclosed significant breaches of fire safety regulations that the prosecuting magistrate said could so easily have resulted in the loss of life.
“The substantial total of fines with costs of £40,375 is the highest amount we have seen imposed in cases such as this in Lancashire.”
Furthermore, he added that he hoped the fine would be a powerful deterrent to those who do not impose fire safety on the premises they own and disobey the law.
A really helpful and informative course. I feel very comfortable in my role now + the presentation was excellent.
Ive done a training session with another company at my previous job and this session was far better! I’m glad we got to practice using fire extinguishers