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Developers fined for 'deathtrap' student accommodation block 01/09/2011

Two housing developers in Manchester have had to pay more than £14,000 for risking the lives of their tenants in student accommodation described in court as a 'deathtrap.' The two companies were found guilty of failing to meet safety standards as required by building regulations at their 55-flat housing development in Grafton Street, Ardwick. more info

Firm pays more than £100,000 after workers engulfed in fireball 22/07/2011

An international packaging film manufacturer has been fined £90,000 after two workers suffered life-threatening injuries when they were engulfed by a ‘fireball’ at a factory in Cumbria. Innovia Films Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the cause of the fire at the plant in Wigton on 13 September 2006. more info

Landlord pays £158,000 for breaches after tenants flee from blaze 06/04/2011

A residential landlord has been found guilty of fire safety breaches, following a fire where his tenants were forced to flee for their lives. Joseph Ernest Draper, then owner of 9 Hillsborough Terrace in Ilfracombe, Devon, pleaded guilty to four offences under the Fire Safety Order 2005. Appearing at Exeter Crown Court on 29th March, Mr Draper was ordered to pay a total of £135,000 in fines and £23,000 in costs. more info