Dorset waste firm fined for fire safety breaches

A waste recycling firm in the Dorset town of Poole has been fined more than £40,000 at Bournemouth Crown Court after a number of fire safety breaches were uncovered at its premises.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service prosecuted Total Waste Ltd after fire safety officers visited the Creekmoor paper recycling firm and found serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Problems included:

  • A disabled fire alarm
  • Obstructed fire exits
  • Poor means of escape

Guidance about these fire safety measures and all others is generally included as part of basic fire awareness training courses, so there is no reason why the owners of Total Waste Ltd should not have been aware of them.

The firm was immediately served with a Prohibition Notice, which required it to close until all required improvements are made.

As a result of prosecution, the owners of Total Waste Ltd were fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £22,688 in court costs. Craig Baker, group manager for Dorset Fire & Rescue, commented on the case saying:

“Officers found extremely serious fire safety breaches that, in our opinion offered an immediate threat to the employees of Total Waste Ltd, therefore I believe in this case the fire authority had no option but to take action and prosecute the company.”