On 1st November Platinum UK Facilities Management Ltd and its director, Lolo Daniels, was fined a total of just under £50,000 for deploying unlicensed security staff.
The case had previously been heard in 2012 but the ruling had been overturned on appeal and this was the resultant retrial.
Officers of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) visited a construction site in Reading which had security services provided by Platinum UK Facilities Management Ltd. Subsequent requests for staff details found that the company employed unqualified security guards in contravention of the Private Security Industry Act (2001).
Lolo Daniels was fined £5,000 for deploying unlicensed guards and ordered to pay £18,500 costs. The company itself was also fined £5,000 with £18,500 costs, giving a total penalty £47,000.
The importance of employing responsible, professional security firms cannot be stressed enough and the penalties available for those who do not are evidence of the gravity given to the matter.
Glevum Security of Gloucestershire has many years of experience in the security business. They are proud to be an approved Security Industry Authority (SIA) contractor.