A Manchester company that breached numerous fire regulations has been ordered to pay more than £65,000 in fines and court costs.
T&A Textiles & Hosiery Ltd put its workers at risk at its warehouse in Newton Heath and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court following a prosecution by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.
Specialist officers inspected the site in July 2014 as part of a multiagency operation led by Home Office Immigration officers.
The inspection revealed that a large warehouse on the site had:
- No working fire alarm
- All emergency exits either locked or blocked with no emergency lighting
- Thousands of cardboard boxes with no clear breaks between stock or walkways for workers to escape
Officers also found that due to the layout of stock, a fire would develop quickly and would further reduce the likelihood workers could escape alive.
Elizabeth Dudley Jones, prosecuting for the GMFRA, told the court: “There were severe deficiencies in the provision...
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