Forty percent of businesses are failing to conduct Fire risk assessments in accordance with legislation implemented seven years ago, warns Aviva Risk Management Solutions (ARMS). http://www.britishsme.co.uk/2010/01/20/fire-law-failings-sees-prosecutions-rise/ for information or a Free no obligation survey please call us on 01415612735 today
Based on this unsatisfactory level of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 -(Fire scotland Act 2005 in Scotland), Fire and Rescue Services have issued businesses with 34,500 informal notifications, 3,200 enforcement notices, 442 prohibition notices and 84 alterations notices.
And fire authorities prosecuted 43 per cent more organisations last year for failing to comply with any part of the order.
Andrew Couch, health and safety consultant for ARMS, said: “Though fire service audits increased 20 per cent last year and the number of enforcement notices has fallen, satisfactory compliance rates have remained virtually unchanged in the past two years³.
“As the figures show, this is not going unnoticed by the authorities and is leading to enforcement action. And an increased level of audit activity focusing more on higher risk premises such as care homes, hotels and hospitals will bring more and more firms under the spotlight.”
Successful prosecutions can lead to significant fines. Last November, the high street fashion chain, New Look was fined £400,000 for fire safety breaches at a London branch. READ MORE