Why take the risk?

Every day the newspapers are full of depressing stories. We wake up, scan our daily edition and read the news that something bad has happened. The piece of news we are about to bring to your attention is harrowing but it could’ve been avoided. Please read on…

Property company director first to be jailed under new fire safety regulations

A residential landlord has been sent to prison in the first custodial sentence to be given in London and the South East under the new fire safety regulations.

Mehmat Parlak was sentenced to four months imprisonment and his company, Watchacre properties limited, was fined £21,000 following conviction for serious breaches of the regulatory reform order (RRO).

The prosecution followed a fatal fire at a flat on Ruskin Road, Tottenham back in September 2007. After being saved from the building by fire-fighters, a man was taken to hospital but died later from his injuries.

Without wishing to be accused of scaremongering, I think we can all learn a serious lesson from what we have just read. With the new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act now fully operational, burying your head in the sand is no longer an option. There are consequences for us all and we must think before we act.

Meanwhile I’m pleased to report that Kent’s local authorities already seems to be taking active steps on legal compliance. Our home county is launching a new project, which hopes to promote health and safety practices in the workplace. Local authorities, here in the Garden of England, will conduct inspections across the entire region, in line with new HSE guidelines.

Using flexible warrants, industrial sites will be subject to random spot-checks for their health and safety management. If you receive a letter alerting you to the fact that your company will be visited then the HSE recommends ensuring that your business is legally compliant.

So how can we help? Well we, here at Due Diligence Solutions, specialise in providing a comprehensive solution to all of your fire safety implementation requirements. This includes fire safety risk assessment, fire safety training, fire safety management solutions and a wide range of fire safety products.

We are leaders in our field and are happy to help. For your free legal compliance consultation, or to find out more about what we offer, please visit the website; www.staylegal.net

You can also call the team on 0844 372 7300.