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Roller door seller fined for safety breaches

A roller shutter door company director has been fined over £2000 for not complying with safety regulations.

Officers found that the shutter doors were not compliant to European safety standards, meaning that they were potentially dangerous and could cause serious injury.

Company Director Philip Allison 47, of Easyglide (Derby) LTD based at the Falcon Business Park in Burton,  pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Magistrate’s Court to breaching the Construction Products Regulations 2013.

The court heard that between April and May 2016 Mr Allison did not comply with a suspension notice issued by Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards, and continued to market the shutters.

He was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £1,303 costs. The company Easyglide (Derby) LTD also pleaded guilty to the same offence of not complying with a suspension notice, plus an additional Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 offence, for falsely labelling and declaring that roller shutter doors were CE compliant. The company was fined £2000 and ordered to pay £1,303 costs.

Brandon Cook, Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards manager, said: “Fortunately we recognised the problem and intervened before anything could go wrong.

“A heavy shutter dropping down at speed could have seriously hurt someone if it had caught them unawares. Hopefully, the company will learn their lesson from this case.”