Hotel owner fined for fire safety breaches
Fire signs are something that should be existent in any business to boost the safety of staff and visitors and they may not want to follow the example of one hotel owner in Bolton.
Dr Subhash Jajoo, the owner of the Pack Horse Hotel, was successfully prosecuted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service after being found guilty of breaching five elements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The prosecution followed a complaint that a fire exit at the location was blocked and a follow-up inspection highlighted additional failures including defective fire doors and ten fire extinguishers not being appropriately maintained.
As a result of his failures, Dr Jajoo was handed a £5,000 fine and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs.
Jim Owen, assistant county fire officer (Fire Safety), said: "We always support businesses that work to make their premises safe for people to use.
"However, we are also willing to take action to protect the public of Greater Manchester where business owners and managers choose not to treat fire safety as a legitimate business requirement, and where necessary will prosecute serious offenders."
A former pub landlord in Greater London was given a substantial fine earlier this year for failing to kit out his establishment with suitable fire signs and for not carrying out a fire assessment at the premises.
Posted by Jason Nicholls
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