Employees found sleeping at factory
A business owner from Didcot has been handed a £9000 fine and ordered to pay £5000 in costs after he was found to have let employees work and sleep in dangerous factory conditions.
Mr Mohammed Osman, the owner of Business World Global Ltd, admitted seven breaches of safety rules at a hearing at Oxford Magistrates Court.
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the local council issued a prohibition notice on the property, after an inspection last July uncovered the safety failings.
The breaches included:
• Lack of a fire risk assessment.
• Failing to ensure emergency exits were clear.
• Failing to provide an adequate fire alarm and detection system.
• Not providing employees with safety training.
Cllr Rodney Rose, deputy leader of the county council said: “The penalties imposed on this company show how seriously fire safety arrangements are viewed.
“It is just not acceptable to put people’s lives at risk and these prosecutions will hopefully act as a deterrent to others who think they can ignore what are essential safety measures.”