Pub landlord receives heavy fine for fire safety violations

A Berkshire pub landlord has been slammed by local magistrates for putting the lives of his customers at risk by failing to carry out proper fire risk assessments on his premises.

Officers from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFA) visited the 2nd Stop Pub, run by Bhupinder jit Singh Mann, back in March 2009 and noted a series of failings.

As well as untested fire extinguishers in place both in the pub and in the adjoining sleeping accommodation area, the officers also found that the fire escape routes mapped out were blocked, while the fire detection system was faulty.

On the back of these findings, Mr Mann has now been ordered to pay more than £13,000 in fines and costs by Isleworth Crown Court, with RBFA fire safety legal support manager David Walden stating that he hopes this will serve as an example to other landlords.

“We are very pleased that the courts have acknowledged the potentially life-threatening nature of this case,” he was quoted by the website as saying.