Home fined £200,000 after blaze probe indentified safety breaches

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A London nursing home company has been fined £200,000 after a fire revealed serious breaches of safety regulations. Park Care Homes, owners of Ravenscroft Park nursing home of Barnet, admitted breaking the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 during a hearing before Harrow Crown Court. The court heard that in May 2005, 56 staff and patients had to be evacuated under emergency procedures after fire broke out in the middle of the night. No serious injuries were reported though a number of staff and residents were treated for smoke inhalation. A subsequent investigation showed a catalogue of breaches of the regulations. These included: # One resident being locked inside a room. # One fire exit being secured with a combination padlock. # Faulty fire extinguishers. # A corridor used for storage, blocking escape. # The only gate allowing exit from the garden discovered to have been locked. After the case, Barnet Borough fire commander Nick O’Reilly said the prosecution was a timely reminder o

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