care home fined £100,000 for breaking fire regulations
care home in Burnham-On-Sea has
this week been fined £100,000 for breaching fire safety regulations
at a house used for staff accommodation.
Almondsbury Care Ltd, of Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, appeared at
Taunton Magistrates Court on Thursday 30th March facing five offences
under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
charges were brought by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
after an inspection of a house which was being used by Almondsbury
Care Ltd to provide sleeping and living accommodation for nurses
and other agency staff that were working in the adjacent nursing
home owned by the company.
house consisted of three floors which were all in use at the time.
As officers walked around the premises it soon became evident the
fire safety provisions fell far below the appropriate standard for
a premises being used in such a manner.
inspection revealed a number of failings including failure to provide
a sufficient fire detection and warning system; a fire exit door
which provided an alternative escape route could not be opened;
Inadequate protection to the means of escape due to the lack of
fire resisting doors; Cupboards on the means of escape being used
summing up, the Judge stated that the premises had a whole range
of failures that should have been "abundantly obvious to anyone
who chose to think about it."
company failed to make a proper assessment and their own risk assessment
clearly identified deficiencies which they ignored.
Judge went on to say the company had allowed, for its own gain,
people to stay in a premises they knew placed people at risk of
death or serious injury. The fire safety provisions fell far below
the standard required resulting in a high risk of harm.
Safety Manager Paul Bray, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue
Service, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was extremely fortunate
that a fire did not occur at these premises. Almondsbury Care Ltd
would have been well aware of the need to implement suitable fire
safety measures yet failed to ensure the safety of those working
for their company."
severity of the fines imposed by the court gives out a clear message
to those who have control of a premises and show a disregard for
the law and those they have a duty to protect."
Services Business Safety Officers will always work with and
support those businesses that take their responsibilities seriously
but will not tolerate those that put lives at risk.
has invited Almondsbury Care Ltd to comment and will update this
story when a response is received.