Restaurant owner jailed following fire safety failings
Posted 03/08/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
A restaurant owner from Bristol will has been charged with six months in jail after pleading guilty to eight offences under the fire safety order.
Mr Zamshed Alam who is the owner of the Indian restaurant Bengal Raj was charged after the following an investigation of the premise. The fire safety failings included:
- Lack of suitable fire risk assessment
- Lack of suitable fire detectors and alarms
- Lack of fire doors in escape routes, preventing people escaping safely in event of a fire
- Materials blocking escape routes on both the ground and first floor
- Failure to comply with prohibition notice as it was found people were sleeping on the premise
The court heard that as a business owner, Mr Alam should have been aware of his responsibilities to both customers and staff and that if a fire had occurred there was ‘little doubt lives would have been lost’.
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