£20 000 fine for fire safety breaches
National retail chain Poundland Ltd has been told to pay around £20,000 in fines and costs for serious fire safety contraventions at one of its stores.
The breaches found were so severe that the outlet was evacuated immediately until they were fixed, said a spokesperson for Hampshire Fire and Rescue service.
Investigators visiting the property in November 2008 found that there had been a failure to provide adequate training to a temporary store manager and that fire exits were not kept clear of storage.
It took around two years to complete the case due to “interviews and discussions” taking place with the store manager and the responsible person, the spokesman said.
“ There were four breaches of Fire Safety Order made in total, each costing Poundland £3,250.