Hotel found guilty in ‘first of its kind’ fire safety order trial
Posted 21/04/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
The Chumleigh Lodge, located in Finchley, North London, has been found guilty and fined more the £260,000 after committing numerous offences under the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005.
After a blaze tore through the hotel from a first-floor fire back in May 2008, safety inspectors found a number of failings within the premise including defective fire doors, lack of smoke detectors and blocked escape routes.
The Chumleigh Lodge Hotel Limited was charged with six offences and the sole director, Michael Wilson was found guilty of the same offences which included failure to provide safe with adequate training, ensuring emergency routed from the premise were clear and failure to equip the premise with fire detectors.
This trial has been declared as a ‘landmark ruling’ as it is believed to be the first jury trial under the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order of 2005. It is hoped that other operators of other hospitality business will learn from the Chumleigh case, hopefully understanding that this health and safety issue is a serious one and if the appropriate actions are not taken, criminal offences are being committed.
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