15 August 2018
The London Fire Brigade has published a “shocking” list of safety failings discovered at a care home and a six-storey sheltered housing block, reports the Camden New Journal.
A list of ten failures was issued by the LFB after an inspection of Carole House – one of the blocks on the 250-home Oldfield estate, owned by Central and Cecil Housing Trust.
According to the LFB enforcement notice, the landlords failed to provide a “suitable method of giving warning in case of fire” at Carole House. It also listed a “failure to ensure employees receive adequate safety training”.
It added that there had been failure to “provide and/or maintain adequate and clearly indicated emergency routes and exits”.
At Compton Lodge, a home for people requiring high levels of care, the LFB discovered seven safety breaches, including a “failure to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment”.
It also reported a “failure to provide adequate fire separation between floors”.
The trust’s statement said: “C&C considers the safety of its residents its highest priority and are thankful to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) for raising these issues with us.
“At the time of the LFB inspections both properties had undergone fire risk assessments (FRAs) by independent qualified fire risk assessors.
The issues identified in the FRAs had been scheduled and work was in progress. All actions will be completed ahead of the required timescale advised by LFB.
“We are very pleased that the LFB has taken such an active role and helped us identify the additional safety works that were not picked up though our FRA process. We are determined to take every step to continually improve our approach to fire safety.”
Original sourceCamden New Journal