Staff and customers are entitled to feel safe when working at or visiting any business premises
A major supermarket chain (pat your back pocket – you know who we mean!) was recently ordered to pay £55,647, including a fine of £40,647, for serious fire safety breaches revealed in an inspection of its store in Chippenham, near Slough, by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Fire exit doors were chained and locked shut, escape routes obstructed, other fire exit doors wedged open and combustible items obstructed fire doors.
Asda’s defence commented in mitigation that the company treats fire safety regulations very seriously and explained the company’s policies and procedures in support.
Whilst recognising the supermarket’s otherwise good safety record this was described as a clear case of a major retailing company failing to comply with fire safety regulations, placing staff and the public at serious and potentially life-threatening risk.
If you employ staff or occupy a building you must have a fire risk assessment. Don’t leave it until you get the knock on the door or things go wrong.
Contact Steve at FAS Consultancy and Training and request your free consultation. He’s available on 07841 865984
You will receive up to four hours free advice and receive a report detailing what you need to do to ensure that you, your staff and your premises are safe and legal.
And all this for the price of a cup of tea (or coffee) – now that’s a bargain!
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