Hertfordshire landlord admits breaching Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005

Posted 05/04/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

Categories: Uncategorised

A Hertfordshire landlord has admitted six counts of breaching the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Mr Graeme Kerry was the responsible person at The Bell pub when a fire broke out there in 2014.

This prompted an investigation by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service who discovered a number of failings. One of these was a fire alarm which was not fully operational due to not having a battery back-up in case of failure at the mains. Clingfilm was also found to be covering a smoke detector as well as their being defective fire doors and emergency lighting throughout the building. Fire safety checks had also stopped almost a month before the fire.

As part of mitigation, Mr Kerry claimed that he had leased the pub out as well as employing people to carry out ruining of the premise. The case has been deferred to the Crown Court, where he will be sentenced.

If you are worrying about your premise being in breach of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, we can help! Contact us today on 0191 523 7870 or email us at [email protected]