Yes, Even S&M Dungeons Aren’t Immune To H&S…

When fire safety officers visited Scarlett’s they were shocked by the potential deathtrap conditions, a court heard yesterday.

Scarlett’s is the sort of place where the services are very, ummm, ‘specialist’ indeed. But it wasn’t the manacles and chains that got their attention, oh no.

Yesterday single mother-of-four Dawn Donaghue, who ran Scarlett’s, was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order after she admitted breaching fire regulations.

Yes, a clear risk, when you lock people in, but how can a dungeon function otherwise?

Firemen found ‘obstacles in the corridor’ and an emergency exit being used as a ‘changing area’.‘This was a high risk environment with low lighting,’ said Mr Hart. ‘There were rooms which were dark and dingy, equipped with restraints, manacles and chains.’

Fires, unlike Miss Whiplash, don’t respect safety words, after all…

Mrs Roberts told the court that Donaghue rented rooms to ‘ladies of a certain age competing with younger and possibly more attractive ladies’.She said: ‘There were only one or two customers a day. They spent a lot of days sitting around chatting and drinking tea.’

Makes me proud to be British. 🙂

7 comments for “Yes, Even S&M Dungeons Aren’t Immune To H&S…

  1. Lord T
    July 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I always find it funny that waterboarding and torturing someone, which has a high death rate, is an acceptable risk but tasks that have been performed without injury for decades are banned.

    The argument with waterboarding and torture is if the INTENT is not to kill it is OK but if it is sexual gratification with no intent to kill then they should have been aware that death could result and it is punished accordingly.

    Our Lords and Masters are certainly masters of the weasel words.

  2. gladiolys
    July 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    “Makes me proud to be British.” Indeed. Makes me think of “Personal Services”…. what a wonderful film.

  3. July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    It’s nice to know that those who smoke after intercourse… are in safe hands.

  4. Rossa
    July 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    “…firemen went to Scarlett’s in May last year for a pre-arranged fire safety audit.”

    So she called the Fire Brigade (sorry, Service) and arranged for them to come and visit the premises to assess the fire exits and… love a man in a uniform, don’t you?!

  5. July 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Fair play, having clear fire escapes is important in buildings where there are a lot of people*, but if there are only three or four people there at any time, it’s completely over the top. It might even add an extra frisson to being locked up or chained up, knowing that there’s no fire escape.

    * It is quite amazing how long it takes a hundred people to get through one single exit, certainly a couple of minutes, in which time quite a few people can get trapped, suffer smoke inhalation etc.

    • gladiolys
      July 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      I think I’d be worried about getting out of the manacles first. And would a gimp mask make a good gas mask?

  6. July 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I wonder if they checked the sprinkler system?

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