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Asda fined over £55,000 for fire safety failings

 

Asda, Cippenham

Large food retailer, Asda Stores Limited, was ordered to pay £55,647, including a fine of £40,647, for serious fire safety breaches revealed in an inspection of its store in Cippenham, near Slough, by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in June 2010.  

Triggered by a complaint, the inspection found fire exit doors chained and locked shut, escape routes obstructed, other fire exit doors wedged open and combustible items obstructing fire doors. The retailer had reportedly been served with a caution in July 2000 for two contraventions relating to other fire regulations.

Asda’s defence commented in mitigation that the company treats fire safety regulations very seriously and explained the company’s policies and procedures in support.

While Reading Crown Court recognised the supermarket’s otherwise good safety record, the fire safety legal support manager of the inspecting service, David Walden, described this as a clear case of a major retailing company failing to comply with fire safety regulations, placing staff and the public at serious and potentially life-threatening risk. ‘Staff and customers are entitled to feel safe when working at or visiting a supermarket or any other business,’ he said.

Source: The FPA Newsletter (June 2012)

Date Published: 22/06/2012
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