Tracey Michelle Kirkton an Independent and Freelance Fire Safety Consultant


BUSINESSMAN FINED for fire safety offences in property he sublet. On 18 January 2016, businessman John Mark Cashin was convicted and fined £1,000 for five breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and ordered to pay £5,000 costs

LONDON FIRE BRIGADE issue smoke alarm warning. New figures published by London Fire Brigade show that in two thirds of fatal fires over the past three years smoke alarms have not activated as they have not been adequately installed.

INVESTMENT COMPANY AND ITS DIRECTOR FOUND GUILTY OF SERIOUS OFFENCES. After a serious fire and the prosecution for ten fire safety breaches at a block of Preston flats, 3i Investments Ltd has been fined £10,000 and £11,660 costs

PERSISTANT FAILINGS bring restaurant owner fine and suspended sentence Last February, Safiul Islam was given three months by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) officers to rectify the breaches they discovered at his Syston Spice Restaurant (now named the Goa Restaurant) in Syston. The issues included a locked fire escape, insufficient lighting, lack of maintenance of the fire alarm system and no staff training. Persistent failings bring restaurant owner fine and suspended sentence Unfortunately, a follow-up inspection found that he had not carried out any of the necessary work and therefore an enforcement notice was issued, warning Mr Islam that he needed to complete the works by July. Once again, nothing was done. A fire service spokesman said: ‘Despite agreeing to the timetable and after failing to attend several meetings with fire protection officers, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service started legal proceedings against Mr Islam.’ Mr Islam pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of a fire safety enforcement notice at the Leicester Crown Court hearing. Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Dean QC commended LFRS for its ‘diligence, tolerance and patience’ in dealing with Mr Islam and said: ‘The fire service bent over backwards trying to help Mr Islam and in providing extensions for the work to be carried out and was met with indifference. He told Mr Islam: ‘You did next to nothing to reduce the risks to guarantee the safety of people eating in your restaurant against a serious risk of fire

YACHT FIRM FINED £25,000 FOR SHIP FIRE after a worker suffered 40% burns to his upper torso and head during a fire that ravaged a famous tall ship in Dorset. Winchester Crown Court heard the fire broke out on board the Malcolm Miller tall ship. Yacht Project Associates Ltd appeared in court on 27 September and pleaded guilty to breaching s2(1) and s3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined a total of £25.000 and ordered to pay £65.000 in costs.