The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it compulsory for organisations to ensure they have enough competent people for evacuation duties in the event of a fire. Carrying out a fire risk assessment allows companies to work out how many fire wardens are needed, but what does an office fire warden actually do?
Fire warden duties
Fire wardens have a number of duties including day-to-day duties and emergency ones. On a daily basis, they are responsible for identifying fire risks and putting preventative measures in place. Fire wardens should ensure that escape routes and fire doors are kept clear of obstruction, and that fire doors are properly closed rather than propped open; they’ll also perform routine checks of fire extinguishers.
Fire wardens or marshals will usually be involved in the creation of fire risk assessments and evacuation plans, and should report any defects or problems to the appropriate manager. In the event of a fire, wardens are responsible for raising the fire alarm and deciding what to do if a fire is discovered. It should be the warden who calls emergency services and assists with evacuation procedures – this usually also involves helping disabled people to leave the building. Fire wardens should also check rooms to make sure they are clear, assist with crowd control and monitor exit doors to make sure nobody re-enters the office building.
Claim for personal injury compensation
As you can see, fire wardens and marshals have a range of duties they must carry out, but if you have been injured as a result of negligence by your office fire marshal, you could claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we will normally be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim – from there it’s a case of gathering evidence to prove the fire warden’s negligence directly led to your accident or injury. We deal with thousands of personal injury claims every year, and with many years of experience in the industry, you know you can trust us. Our 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ service ensures you won’t pay a penny upfront, and you can call us today on our 24/7 freephone hotline to get the ball rolling on your claim, or just for some confidential, no-obligation advice. We promise to make the whole claims process as accessible and pain free as possible, to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: February 23, 2014
Author: David Brown