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Fire safety breaches at West Bromwich flats ‘worst ever seen’

Fire safety breaches at West Bromwich flats ‘worst ever seen’

In the “worst ever seen” case marking the UK’s worst instance of fire safety negligence, two company directors have been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. This sentencing sheds light on the grave importance of adhering to fire safety regulations, a principle that Legionella and Fire Safe Services staunchly uphold.

The case involved Daniel Orasanu and Carmen Lupu, who grossly neglected fire safety measures at a West Bromwich property, exposing tenants to significant danger.

When the fire service safety team carried out the first inspection, they were very concerned that the people living and sleeping there were at risk of serious injury and death if there was a fire. The Express and Star reports that a prohibition notice was served to the defendants, meaning the site should not be used as residential accommodation.

Fire Safety Breaches At West Bromwich Flats 'Worst Ever Seen'
Fire Safety Breaches At West Bromwich Flats ‘Worst Ever Seen’

Safety inspections at the property, formerly known as Metro Court in West Bromwich, unveiled a shocking disregard for basic fire safety protocols, including the absence of fire doors, malfunctioning fire safety equipment, fire alarms being switched off and gaps between dividing walls and ceilings at the premises.

After ignoring the order and eight further inspections, the site was subsequently evacuated in an operation by West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police and Sandwell Council.

This negligence culminated in a 34-month and 33-month imprisonment for Orasanu and Lupu, respectively, after a thorough investigation and a series of ignored safety orders by West Midlands Fire Service.

They were found guilty of nearly 30 breaches of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Operations Director Danielle Bayliss of Legionella and Fire Safe Services comments, “This case underscores the vital importance of strict compliance with fire safety regulations. It’s a stark reminder that the consequences of neglect can be disastrous, not only legally but, more importantly, in terms of human lives. We aim to ensure that properties are safe and compliant, preventing such tragedies.

Danielle says, “Clearly visible gaps that were found at the building, between dividing walls and ceilings at the premises, is horrifying. It is essential that compartmentation, a crucial passive fire safety measure, is met. This is achieved through the provision of fire-resisting walls and floors offering between 30 and 120 minutes of fire resistance. The fire should not be able to spread beyond the flat in which it starts. Adequate compartmentation is essential and saves lives.”
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Legionella and Fire Safe Services, which are certified by BM Trada, is dedicated to helping property owners and managers navigate the complexities of fire safety.

In response to this case, the company is reinforcing its commitment to providing comprehensive Fire risk assessments, Compartmentation surveys, Passive fire protection and Fire door inspections, to ensure that all properties meet the highest safety and regulatory adherence standards.

 

If you would like advice on your building, then please contact one of our Fire Safety Team

Tel: 0800 080 3045

Email: info@legionellaandfiresafe.co.uk

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