Lack of Fire Safety at Oxfordshire Pub

A pub and one of its directors have been fined for failing to take suitable fire safety precautions at a public house in Banbury.

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Fire safety inspectors from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (OFRS) visited the Swan Public House in South Bar Street, Banbury and found the bedrooms could not be evacuated quickly and there was no fire detection system on the first floor. OFRS issued a Prohibition Notice to Swan Pub Banbury Ltd and its director Alan O’Donovan, which ordered the premises to stop being used as accommodation until remedial action was taken.

O’Donovan and Swan Pub Banbury Ltd admitted three breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 1 November 2016. They were both fined a combined total of £6000 and ordered to pay a total of £3000 towards costs.

Speaking after the hearing, OFRS fire protection and business safety manager Stuart Garner said: ‘To help us create a safer Oxfordshire, it is important that businesses not only understand why such an assessment must be initially undertaken, but also the importance of acting upon the findings as part of a constant review process and management of their premises.

‘In this particular case, Mr O’Donovan was aware of the fire risk assessment findings, together with the recommendations, but as the Court agreed, he failed to act upon the outcomes in a timely manner, thus placing the public at unnecessary and unjustified risk of fire.

‘By correctly managing their premises and not committing fire safety offences, business operators can avoid placing the public at risk of possible death or serious injury in the event of fire’.


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