The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 has brought about the first single legal framework involving fire safety in relation to communal parts of domestic dwellings and commercial premises. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in a criminal prosecution where one or more relevant persons were at risk of death or serious injury in the case of fire. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 impose strict and non-delegable duties upon the responsible person as well as others to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments. The Order also imposes a duty to take general fire precautions, have fire safety arrangements, keep records and have fire fighting equipment in place.
To enable enforcement of the Order, the fire service inspectors have been given a number of powers. These powers include the power to serve alterations, enforcement and prohibition notices. In particular circumstances, inspectors are empowered to close premises if there is a serious risk of fire.
Experience has shown that the fire authorities can aggressively enforce such Orders. Drawing from our experience involving prosecuting as well as defending cases Wragg Mark-Bell Solicitors are able advise in relation to risk assessment in order to avoid falling foul of the regulations as well as defending cases if you do. We have developed experience of managing relationships with investigators whilst protecting the interests of the individuals and the organisations involved. We are able to provide expert assistance from the start of the investigation to its final conclusion.
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