6 month prison term: Indian restaurant ignores prohibition notices, breaches fire safety law

Published: 9 Aug 2016

Recently we have seen a rise in prosecutions for fire safety breaches with prison sentences being issued on a more frequent basis. Here, we focus on a recent prosecution involving a curry house.

Bristol based, Bengal Raj restaurant had been found guilty of breaking numerous fire safety laws. Zamshed Alam, restaurant owner had been jailed for 6 months for contraventions which included failure to carry out a fire risk assessment, obstruction of fire exit routes and failure to fit an appropriate fire alarm.

In addition, Mr Alam failed to comply with two prohibition notices served by the fire and rescue service before being prosecuted. Alam was also ordered to pay £1,500 court costs.

This prosecution could have been prevented if basic health and safety requirements were put in place, including carrying out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment. Examples of effective fire safety management  would include fire exits checks to ensure safe evacuation was not compromised.

At CSC, our team of experts are able to advise on all matters relating to fire safety legislation. We can help ensure that your business is kept safe a minimise your exposure to prosecution.