Independent Fire Safety Training & Risk Assessment

April 30, 2009

Doncaster Shopping Centre Guilty of Fire Safety Breaches

Filed under: Fire Safety,News — Adrian @ 11:13 am

The managing agents of the Doncaster Frenchgate shopping centre have been found guilty of five counts of fire safety breaches, and have been ordered to pay over £25,000 in legal costs.

The South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service first visited the shopping centre last June, and were concerned about the fire precautions controlled by the centres fire safety management team. Subsequent visits to the centre raised significant concernsabout the adequacy of the staffs fire safety training as well as the suitability of the fire safety risk assessment for the premises which ultimately led to the enforcement notice and prosecution.

The managing agents were found guilty for failing to:

  1. Take adequate general fire safety precautions
  2. Make a suitable and sufficient fire safety assessment
  3. Give effect to appropriate preventative and protect measures
  4. Appoint adequately trained competent persons to undertake preventative and protective measures
  5. Provide adequate fire safety training for staff

In response to the hearing the managing agents said ‘Whilst we accept the findings of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority, these issues were addressed almost a year ago during a period of change between the previous owners and the current owners. Once these matters were identified by the fire authority, immediate action was taken to resolve the issues and the Notice was subsequently withdrawn. All issues identified have been resolved’.

“We continue to work closely with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority in partnership to ensure a safe environment for our customers. At no time during this period were lives at risk.

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