Record custodial sentence for breach of fire safety
By George Roberts
Most businesses are now aware that all breaches of health and safety legislation are treated extremely seriously by the courts.
But a recent sentence passed down by Blackpool Magistrates now holds the record for the longest custodial sentence handed down pursuant to fire safety legislation.
While the circumstances regarding this case are extreme, the record sentence serves as a useful reminder of the substantial penalties that courts can impose on businesses (and in some cases directors and employees)…
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