Cheshire firm fined £20,000 for serious fire safety offences

A company from Cheshire has become the latest to be charged under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005. Central Recycling – based in Widnes – were fined £20,000 after pleading guilty to five fire safety offences.

It was the first prosecution to be brought by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, under the legislation, and they are hoping it will remind other companies of the seriousness for failing to comply.

“We take our responsibilities under the fire safety regulations extremely seriously and always work hard with local businesses to try to find the right solutions,” said Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin.

“Prosecution is very much a last resort but in serious cases we will use our powers to enforce the regulations and prosecute offenders. Our aim is to work closely with local companies to ensure the safety of both their staff and their customers and we would urge people to contact their local fire protection staff for advice and guidance.”

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