A TOWN burger restaurant and its company boss have been ordered to pay a whopping £31,913 in court fines and penalties for fire safety breaches.
Burger Master owner SG Restaurants Ltd of Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, and company director Stuart Buckley of Jamaica Road, Malvern, both admitted offences of failing to comply with a fire safety enforcement notice served by Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority requiring them to make fire safety improvements.
Kidderminster Magistrates fined the company £20,000 and ordered it to pay a victim surcharge of £2,000 plus costs of £5,000.
Mr Buckley was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a further £3,913 in a victim surcharge and costs.
The hearing on Tuesday (July 25) heard that inspections by HWFRS fire safety officers revealed that the building had inadequate fire safety management arrangements including:
No fire risk assessment; No correctly operating fire alarm system; Escape routes which were not sufficiently fire resisting; Inadequate firefighting equipment; Inadequate testing and maintenance of emergency lighting, fire alarm systems, fire resisting doors and fire extinguishers; No testing and maintenance of electrical systems.
George Marshall, Assistant Director for Protection at HWFRS, said after the sentencing: “As an enforcing body for fire safety, the fire authority will work with businesses to improve their fire safety compliance.
“However, as in this case, where a business fails to address serious fire safety breaches which could lead to loss of life or serious injury to employees or members of the public, the fire authority will ensure that these businesses are held accountable.”
Adrian Elliott, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, added: “Businesses and business owners need to be aware of their responsibilities towards Fire Safety and take them seriously.
“Ensuring your premises has a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and proactively addressing areas to improve compliance will support keeping people safe from fire.
“Businesses should keep abreast of changes in fire safety legislation due in October 2023 which require businesses to record their completed fire risk assessment in full regardless of the number of staff they employ.”