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Pontypool’s Brick Fabrication Fined £30,000 Over Fire

The owners of a Torfaen factory where fire broke out showed “total disregard” for safety, an investigation has found.

Brick Fabrication Limited in Pontypool was ordered to pay £30,000 following the blaze at its unit in July 2014.

Due to an “inappropriate fire alarm system”, two members of staff were unaware that a fire had broken out and had to flee to safety amid flames and smoke.

The firm said it was “disappointed” with the outcome after admitting eight fire safety charges in court.

At Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the investigation revealed that despite a fire risk assessment taking place in 2012, significant findings had not been acted upon, including the fitting of an automatic fire detection system.

The company also pleaded guilty to not providing adequate fire safety training for employees.

Steve Rossiter, head of business fire safety at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “When employees have to run under smoke and flames to escape from a building there is something seriously wrong. In this case there was a total disregard for what are critical fire safety provisions, such as providing a basic fire alarm.”

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