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Fire Safety breach costs Chicester restaurant thousands
A restaurant in Chichester has been slapped with a heavy fine after pleading guilty to a string of fire safety breaches. The Wildwood eatery chain admitted four charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 on the back of an inspection in May following a formal complaint from a member of the public.

The restaurant came under the focus of fire safety officers last month after a tip-off, discovering a number of serious breaches, most notably several obstructed fire exits, defective emergency lighting, faulty electrics, no fire alarm and a fire risk assessment that failed to take account of some significant building work being done at the property in West Sussex.

Following the inspection, the decision was made that the situation was so dangerous that it warranted a Prohibition Notice being instantly issued on the premises, preventing it from being used as sleeping quarters. The restaurant was fined £13,452 and ordered to pay £1,962 in costs at Worthing Magistrates Court after pleading guilty on four counts.

Richard Bradley, business fire safety manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said: “The property was being refurbished and the building work had overrun.

“The company made the decision to open, even though the fire alarm was not working and there were a number of serious fire safety issues. This is putting people’s lives at risk for the sake of profit and that simply isn’t acceptable.” He added: “We’d like to remind all businesses that they have a duty to comply with fire safety legislation.”

Since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 all businesses are legally required to carry out a fire risk assessment, take appropriate measures to minimise the risk of fire and implement general fire precautions to protect people in the premises if a fire does occur.

To arrange a fire risk assessment for your business premises, call our team on 0345 459 2300 or email us at communications@draxuk.co.uk

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