Whitby Restaurant Owners Fined for Serious Fire Safety Breaches
Owners of a Whitby restaurant have been prosecuted for serious fire safety breaches.
On the 8th August 2015 North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service carried out a fire safety inspection of The Kam Thai (Whitby) Ltd Restaurant, 63-65 Church Street, Whitby.
During the inspection, Fire Safety Officers found a number of serious fire safety deficiencies regarding the accommodation provided for employees. This included a failure to carry out a written fire risk assessment, a failure to have a working fire alarm and detection system in place, storage of combustible items within in the means of escape, inadequate fire separation, lack of fire training of employees and a failure to comply with an Enforcement Notice.
At York Crown Court on Friday 30th September 2016, Mr Azad Hussain, former Company Director of Kam Thai (Whitby) Ltd, pleaded guilty to six contraventions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Mr Hussain was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £6,800 in costs. The Company Kam Thai (Whitby) Ltd was also fined £6,000. Failure to pay the fine within 14 days will result in 18 months imprisonment.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind business owners that it is important that they are aware of the legislative requirements they need to comply with including having an up to date fire risk assessment.
For other fire safety information visit http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/businesssafety/legislation