Suspended jail sentence handed to ignorant Nottingham landlord
Posted 09/03/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
A pub landlord who ignored warnings regarding fire safety within his pub has been given a suspended jail sentence after a fire trapped two members of his staff. The rescue came after the escape route was found to be inaccessible, something which had been picked up on a fire safety visit a few months previous.
The blaze in 2014 left two members of staff stranded on the second floor meaning they had to be rescued by fire fighters. Justin Chad, the landlord of The Lord Nelson pub in Gainsborough Road, Winthorpe and Riverside Management Newark Ltd have both admitted to five counts of failing to meet safety regulations and protect employees from fires.
This is the second case in which a Fire Risk Assessment has been carried out which highlights deficiencies in the fire safety of properties, where the owner has failed to act upon suggestions. The first premise was again a pub, visited by Nottinghamshire fire protection officers in early 2014. Again it was found not to meet set safety standards, with a safe escape route being inaccessible.
Mr Chad received a 27 month suspended sentence with fines of more than £15,000. He has also been ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. Riverside management was also fined a total of £5,000.
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