Fire safety professionals could be held accountable for fire safety breaches in the same way as building owners, according to an expert in fire safety law.
Speaking at FIREX International 2019, Kizzy Augustin, a partner at Russell-Cooke LLP, said: "We've seen it a bit in general health and safety, where risk assessors have been prosecuted in a personal capacity for failing to provide adequate advice or adequate risk assessments for the use of a business.
"For the first time in 2014, a risk assessor went to prison for nine months for a breach of health and safety rules. That sent shockwaves through the risk assessor community. Before that a risk assessor had never been prosecuted successfully and facing prison. It’s a real prospect now."
Kizzy Augustin appears in IFSEC Global discussing fire safety professionals being held accountable for fire safety breaches.
More fire risk assessors could be prosecuted in a post-Grenfell world, leading lawyer warns is available to read on the IFSEC Global website.
Kizzy is a partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team, specialising in health and safety. Kizzy is a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. She appears regularly as an advocate in court proceedings, employment tribunals (for appealing Improvement and Prohibition notices) and Coroners' inquests.