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Fire signs 'highlighted by record fine'

26th November 2009 | Fire Signs

The importance of fire signs has been highlighted by a record fine of £400,000 following a blaze at a London store.

New Look will also pay £136,000 in costs after a fire broke out in its Oxford Street store in the early evening of April 26th, 2007.

Despite the alarm being activated, it was subsequently disabled and it was only some time later that staff evacuated customers.

According to Judge Geoffrey Rivlin, a lack of safety measures, such as fire signs, could have resulted in "a disaster almost too awful to contemplate".

He said that the problems presented a serious risk of death and injury, implicating a number of "disturbing breaches" that resulted in the necessary precautions being at too low a standard.

Earlier this month, Hughes Brothers Building and Joinery Ltd was fined £8,000 and costs of £3,517 after it pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, highlighting the importance of safety signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19480493-ADNFCR


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