Tyre-fitting business guilty of fire safety offences

Business fined £60,000 plus £10,000 costs and director handed eight-month suspended prison sentence

A Croydon tyre-fitting business has been found guilty of a series of fire safety offences and residential living on site.

London Fire Brigade Safety Officers visited Tyre Channel Ltd after police raised their concerns over poor safety conditions.

Tyre Channel Ltd and its director Anup Patel appeared at Southwark Crown Court on January 28.

Both Patel and Tyre Ltd pleaded guilty to three counts of; No fire risk assessment, General fire precautions and No fire alarm/detection.

A notice was issued later the same day to ban the premises from being used for sleeping or residential use.

The residential area had evidence of both cooking and smoking, as well as, scorched and overloaded cables which highlighted poor maintenance of electrics.

The business also failed to have a fire risk assessment for the premises.

The Brigade’s assistant commissioner for fire safety said: “As the director of the company, Mr Patel has had complete disregard for the safety of his staff.

“Both at work and in the living arrangements, many of them were paying him for.

“There is no excuse for leaving people’s safety to chance.”

The company was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs.

Mr Patel was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

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GS Yuasa to showcase world’s first containerised dual-chemical energy storage system technology

The innovative dual-chemical energy storage solution will be exhibited at Data Centre World at ExCel, London on 11 and 12 March

The containerised solution combines GS Yuasa’s lead acid and Lithium-ion battery technology to feed a power conversion system.

Both unique and self-contained, the system is designed to be easily integrated into any renewable energy micro-grid configuration.

It was developed in partnership with Infinite Group, the University of Sheffield and Innovate UK.

GS Yuasa's containered energy storage solution

The ground-breaking energy storage solution has been constructed and installed at GS Yuasa’s battery manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.

The pioneering unit can store and control the release of locally generated renewable energy back into the grid.

A scale model of the container will take centre stage on the GS Yuasa stand alongside a smaller dual-chemical battery system.

Despite being only the size of a filing cabinet, the smaller system provides 300kW of power and is designed to be a convenient alternative to VRLA powered UPS systems for data centre and other critical standby power applications.

The battery manufacturer’s Yu-Power battery monitoring system will also be on display.

The package, launched at Data Centre World in 2019, monitors both temperature and voltage to determine if a battery system is operating within recommended guidelines.

These products ensure long service life and reliable performance by continually monitoring the battery system’s key parameters.

2020 marks the sixth consecutive year GS Yuasa have attended Data Centre World.

Mark Greer, general sales manager – reserve and renewable power division at GS Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Ltd, said: Data Centre World is an important exhibition for us so we’re understandably excited to be returning this year.

“Our containerised dual-chemical battery system is the result of a collaborative project to create an environmentally-conscious energy storage solution.

“As the need to move towards greener energy solutions increases, we’re pleased to introduce a viable and easily-integrable solution.

“GS Yuasa batteries are used in deep sea submarines, the International Space Station and a wide range of applications in between.

“Our presence at Data Centre World allows us to showcase our latest products and highlight the characteristics of our high-quality battery ranges for uninterruptable power supply applications to the industry.”

Data Centre World London takes place on the 11 and 12 March at ExCel, London, and GS Yuasa can be found at stand D245.

To register for your free tickets, click here. For more information regarding GS Yuasa, click here.

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