Property manager fined for fire safety breaches

July 1, 2024

A property manager in Slough has been ordered to pay £22,646.82 for fire safety breaches following a prosecution brought by Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFRS).

Mr Waheed Afzal pleaded guilty to six charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The guilty plea followed an investigation conducted by RBFRS in early 2023.

The investigation found that there were several serious fire safety deficiencies at a property managed by Mr Afzal above a restaurant on High Street, Slough.

The breaches included:

  • A lack of a linked fire detection system between the commercial and residential units at the property.
  • Insufficient emergency lighting.
  • Inadequate fire doors.
  • Non-fire resisting glazing that would have compromised the means of escape in an emergency.

Mr Afzal was fined of £16,000 following the conviction which, in addition to the victim surcharge and the Fire Authority’s prosecution fees, brought the total cost paid by the defendant to £22,646.82.

Michal Kosierb, Fire Safety Enforcement Lead at RBFRS, said: “This case shows that businesses must take their commitments to fire safety seriously and that we will take action where necessary in the interest of public safety.

“As a Service, our purpose is to help keep businesses, people and communities safe. We will continue to work with business owners to help them protect themselves and their livelihoods. However, cases like this demonstrate that, if people’s safety is at stake, we will take decisive action to ensure businesses comply with the law.”

This is valid as of the 24th June 2024.

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