Prosecutions under the Fire Safety Order - Responsible Person smell the coffee!

A packed Fire Safety Keynote seminar theatre listened with interest to Warren Spencer’s experiences of both prosecuting and defending cases under the Fire Safety Order in the 10 years since it came into effect. Warren, a solicitor with Blackhurst Budd, explained that official figures put the number of prosecutions carried out in those 10 years at 372, but he pointed out that the real figure is “more like 500”, because of the way the figures have been collected (statistics only started being compiled from March 2009, for example). Between October 2006 and March 2015, Warren was involved in 61 cases. He warned delegates that the courts take offences under the Order “very seriously – the succes

Police investigate Grenfell 'stay put' policy

THE METROPOLITAN Police have opened an investigation into the use of the stay put policy during the Grenfell Tower fire. In the early stages of the fire residents were told to stay in their flats. With only one staircase a mass evacuation could not have happened quickly. As circumstances changed, the policy was changed and residents were recommended to leave the building. The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Stay Put position says that if there is a fire in your building but not inside your own home, then you are usually safer to stay in your flat unless the heat or smoke from the fire is affecting you. Met Police commander Stuart Cundy said: "Seventy people, plus baby Logan, died as a di

How could the Fire Safety be so bad?

Grenfell Inquiry: Experts slam fire safety practices leading up to tragedy Experts have told the Grenfell Tower inquiry that there were a litany of serious fire safety breaches at the tower, including over 100 non-compliant fire doors, a fire fighting lift that didn’t work and a “stay put” policy that totally failed. There was “a culture of non-compliance” at the tower which contained more combustible material than previously thought, fire safety experts revealed, on the first full day of evidence. This included flammable parts to the window frames that spread the fire to the external cladding within 15 minutes of the first 999 call, at just before 12.54am from a householder whose fridge fre

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