Guilty of Fire Safety Breaches, fined £11,000.

Posted under Miscellaneous on 20 Apr 2011

The manager of a care home near Manchester has been found guilty of multiple fire safety breaches.

Karen Sykes, who operated the Altrincham-based Oldfield Bank Residential Care Home, was been ordered to pay £500 and a victim surcharge of £15 on March 18th in Manchester Crown Court.

According to The Messenger newspaper, the charges were brought against Ms Sykes after a fire at the establishment in May 2010 caused the death of one elderly resident.

The manager was charged under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Earlier this month, the fire alarm engineer for the establishment – retained firefighter Christopher Morris – was found guilty of fire safety breaches and ordered to pay £11,000 in a fine and costs.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 also states that a fire risk assessment must be carried out on all commercial properties and houses of multiple occupancy in England and Wales.

If the fire risk assessment is carried out insufficiently, the Responsible Person faces a fine or up to two years in prison.