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Two Tameside firms fined for flouting fire safety regulations

 

TWO Tameside businesses who flouted fire safety regulations at their premises in Ashton-under-Lyne have been fined £13,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 in costs.
Kamran Ahmed, aged 40, the Director of Amilico Ltd and his brother 40-year-old manager Noman Ahmed, both of Kenyon Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, were convicted during a hearing at Tameside Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
The prosecution followed an inspection of their premises at Unit 1, Universal House, Yorkshire Street on June 21, 2013, by specialist GMFRS Fire Protection Officers.
The officers found that the fire exit at the back of the property was roller shuttered with a key broken in the lock and Noman Ahmed admitted it had never been opened.
The whole unit was cluttered with stock and the distance to the only available door to escape a fire was 41 metres - the maximum allowed is 25 metres.
Haphazardly piled boxes meant any fire could have developed very quickly trapping people working in the back of the premises.
Amilico Ltd pleaded guilty for failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and fined £1,500 plus a £120 victim surcharge.
Kamran Ahmed pleaded guilty to five offences and was fined £1,500 plus a £120 victim surcharge.
Noman Ahmed pleaded guilty to four offences and was fined £1,000 and a £100 victim surcharge.
In a separate hearing B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and was fined £3,500 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Director Naveed Bashir of St Christopher Road, Ashton-under-Lyne pleaded guilty to three offences and was fined £1,500 for each plus a £120 victim surcharge.
The court heard the business was visited by firefighters in January 2013, who were so concerned they called out Fire Protection Officers.
The crew who went on a prearranged visit found the ground floor of Oxford Mill., Oxford Road East, Ashton Under-Lyne found workers were at risk from blocked or locked fire exits.
Officers identified that there were no clear routes to fire exits due to the haphazard way mattresses were being stored and that many of the fire exits leading out of the building were either obstructed or could not be opened.
Laura Nash prosecuting told the Court that in addition to the fire exits being blocked the alarm had not been tested and the fire risk assessment was no suitable and was out of date.
Billy Myers, GMFRS Head of Fire Protection, said: "Sadly these businesses and businessmen are tarnished with a criminal record and must pay a fine because they failed to take basic steps to ensure their employees were safe.
"There is no excuse for locking and blocking fire exits and we will continue to prosecute businesses who put their workers or members of the public at risk. A bit of thought and common sense would have saved these businesses money."
Charges in Full
1. That Amilico Ltd, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
2. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8),failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
3. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to take such general fire precautions as were reasonable practicable to safeguard the safety of employees, pursuant to Article 8(1)(a) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005  specifically by failing to take measures to prevent the spread of fire on the premises, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
4. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to provide a clear route to the fire exit at the rear of the premises which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
5. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to ensure the external escape route was kept clear, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
6. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure that the emergency exit at the rear of the unit was not so locked or fastened as to be easily and immediately openable in an emergency pursuant to Article 14(2)(f) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
7. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to take such general fire precautions as were reasonable practicable to safeguard the safety of employees, pursuant to Article 8(1)(a) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005  specifically by failing to take measures to prevent the spread of fire on the premises, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
8. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to provide a clear route to the fire exit at the rear of the premises which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
9. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to ensure the external escape route was kept clear, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
10. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne,  failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure that the emergency exit at the rear of the unit was not so locked or fastened as to be easily and immediately openable in an emergency pursuant to Article 14(2)(f) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd
1. That B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd, on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
2. That Naveed Bashir , on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, by virtue of being a Director of B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
3. That Naveed Bashir , on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, by virtue of being a Director of B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure that  there were clear routes to emergency exits throughout the premises pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
4. That Naveed Bashir , on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, by virtue of being a Director of B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure emergency exit doors were not so locked or fastened so as to be easily and immediately openable in the event of an emergency, pursuant to Article 14(2)(f) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,  which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

TWO Tameside businesses who flouted fire safety regulations at their premises in Ashton-under-Lyne have been fined £13,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 in costs.

Kamran Ahmed, aged 40, the Director of Amilico Ltd and his brother 40-year-old manager Noman Ahmed, both of Kenyon Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, were convicted during a hearing at Tameside Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The prosecution followed an inspection of their premises at Unit 1, Universal House, Yorkshire Street on June 21, 2013, by specialist GMFRS Fire Protection Officers.

The officers found that the fire exit at the back of the property was roller shuttered with a key broken in the lock and Noman Ahmed admitted it had never been opened.

The whole unit was cluttered with stock and the distance to the only available door to escape a fire was 41 metres - the maximum allowed is 25 metres.

Haphazardly piled boxes meant any fire could have developed very quickly trapping people working in the back of the premises.

Amilico Ltd pleaded guilty for failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and fined £1,500 plus a £120 victim surcharge.

Kamran Ahmed pleaded guilty to five offences and was fined £1,500 plus a £120 victim surcharge.

Noman Ahmed pleaded guilty to four offences and was fined £1,000 and a £100 victim surcharge.

In a separate hearing B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and was fined £3,500 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Director Naveed Bashir of St Christopher Road, Ashton-under-Lyne pleaded guilty to three offences and was fined £1,500 for each plus a £120 victim surcharge.

The court heard the business was visited by firefighters in January 2013, who were so concerned they called out Fire Protection Officers.

The crew who went on a prearranged visit found workers were at risk from blocked or locked fire exits on the ground floor of Oxford Mill,Oxford Road East, Ashton.

Officers identified that there were no clear routes to fire exits due to the haphazard way mattresses were being stored and that many of the fire exits leading out of the building were either obstructed or could not be opened.

Laura Nash prosecuting told the Court that in addition to the fire exits being blocked the alarm had not been tested and the fire risk assessment was no suitable and was out of date.

Billy Myers, GMFRS Head of Fire Protection, said: "Sadly these businesses and businessmen are tarnished with a criminal record and must pay a fine because they failed to take basic steps to ensure their employees were safe.

"There is no excuse for locking and blocking fire exits and we will continue to prosecute businesses who put their workers or members of the public at risk. A bit of thought and common sense would have saved these businesses money."

Charges in Full

1. That Amilico Ltd, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

2. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8),failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

3. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to take such general fire precautions as were reasonable practicable to safeguard the safety of employees, pursuant to Article 8(1)(a) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005  specifically by failing to take measures to prevent the spread of fire on the premises, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

4. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to provide a clear route to the fire exit at the rear of the premises which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

5. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to ensure the external escape route was kept clear, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

6. That Kamran Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, having control of Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, by virtue of being a Director of Amilico Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure that the emergency exit at the rear of the unit was not so locked or fastened as to be easily and immediately openable in an emergency pursuant to Article 14(2)(f) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

7. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to take such general fire precautions as were reasonable practicable to safeguard the safety of employees, pursuant to Article 8(1)(a) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005  specifically by failing to take measures to prevent the spread of fire on the premises, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

8. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to provide a clear route to the fire exit at the rear of the premises which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

9. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing  to ensure that routes to emergency exits were kept clear at all times pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically by failing to ensure the external escape route was kept clear, which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

10. That Noman Ahmed, on or before 21st June 2013, being a person with responsibility for fire safety at Amilico Ltd, Unit 1 Universal House, Yorkshire Street, Ashton-under-Lyne,  failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure that the emergency exit at the rear of the unit was not so locked or fastened as to be easily and immediately openable in an emergency pursuant to Article 14(2)(f) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd

1. That B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd, on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

2. That Naveed Bashir , on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, by virtue of being a Director of B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

3. That Naveed Bashir , on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, by virtue of being a Director of B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure that  there were clear routes to emergency exits throughout the premises pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

4. That Naveed Bashir , on or before 28th January 2013, having control of the Ground Floor, Oxford Mill, Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0LT, by virtue of being a Director of B&A Quilting (UK) Ltd pursuant to Article 32(8), failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to ensure emergency exit doors were not so locked or fastened so as to be easily and immediately openable in the event of an emergency, pursuant to Article 14(2)(f) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,  which failure placed one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

 

 

 

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