Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Company fined for obstructing Fire Officers

On 28 August 2012, Genus UK Ltd of Alpha House, Regis Road, Kentish Town, London, were convicted for a breach of Fire Safety legislation relating to their premises, Select Stores - located in the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne.  Business owners across East Sussex are being advised to pay attention to their legal obligations to ensure that their premises are safe from fire and in particular to ensure that they fully co-operate with enforcement officers.

Genus UK Ltd who owns Select Stores, were fined £650.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2100.00 by Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to breaches of Fire Safety legislation relating to their premises in the Arndale Centre. 

Following a complaint regarding fire safety issues, a Fire Safety Inspector from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) visited the premises and identified a number of possible breaches of fire legislation. As a result, a formal request was made by ESFRS requiring Genus UK to provide information on how they were complying with specific areas of fire legislation. Genus UK Ltd failed to comply with this formal request, which is an offence under the legislation.

Richard Fowler, Head of Protection for ESFRS said:

“East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to remind all owners and occupiers of buildings of their legal responsibility to protect their occupiers and any staff against the risk of fire. The public should continue to be reassured that we take any breaches of fire safety very seriously and especially so the duty to provide information when requested, as this is fundamental to enabling Inspectors to carry out their statutory functions.

“It is disappointing that Genus UK Ltd failed in their duty to provide information as requested, as this failure has frustrated us in carrying out our duties and has also incurred extra time and effort that we could have used elsewhere.”

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