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Re: Greggs shop receives heavy £70,000 fine

£50,000 fine for Greggs

Greggs the bakers has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay a further £20,326 in costs after pleading guilty to serious fire breaches at one of its stores.

Greggs plc, was prosecuted by the London Fire Brigade following an audit of one of their shops in Brentford in November 2008. Fire safety investigators found a number of contraventions including corridors that were partially blocked by plastic crates and a fire exit that was locked by four padlocks. At the other side of the fire exit was a security door which was also locked.

Appearing at Isleworth Crown Court on 13 December, Greggs pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. These were under article nine, for shortcomings found in its fire risk assessment, and article 14, which concerned emergency routes and exits. A notice sent to the company in January 2009 highlighted the need for a review of its fire risk assessment, an emergency plan and appropriate staff training.

Chairman and leader of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, councillor Brian Coleman said: “In these tough economic times it is important that companies do not take their eye off the ball when it comes to making their business safe from fire. Fire safety is a key part of good business management and responsible persons must comply with their legal obligations under the fire safety order, in order that employees and the general public are as safe as possible from the risk of fire. Failure to comply with the law can, as this case has shown, result in a prosecution.” Source: Info4Fire

Date Published: 13/05/2011
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