Health & Safety

A blaze that resulted in the death of a Scots apprentice jockey and fellow rider has led to the imprisonment of a landlord in England. The landlord violated fire safety regulations and has been jailed for a year.

The flat owner admitted to four charges of breaching fire safety regulations relating to flats he owned. They included storing combustible material within a stairway, failing to manage fire precautions and failing to carry out a fire risk assessment.

The fire started after a labourer set fire to the property as revenge for being refused entry to a party, he has been sentenced to a minimum of seven and a half years for manslaughter.

The case is a reminder for commercial landlords of the potential consequences of failing to meet fire safety regulations.

Andy Forsyth

Managing Associate at Brodies LLP
Andrew is a Health & Safety lawyer with a particular interest in all things marine. He acts for clients in defending claims arising from accidents at sea, in the oil sector, and on ferries and fishing vessels.
Andy Forsyth