Shell International has been fined £300k and ordered to pay costs of £45k which represents the highest fine imposed to date under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and one of the highest fines for a workplace safety offence which did not involve injury. The London Fire Brigade inspected the Shell Centre, York Road in London following two small fires which occurred within the space of three weeks. The inspections highlighted a number of breaches including blocked fire escape routes, defective fire doors, and an excessive amount of fire loading from refurbishment works on the upper floors. An immediate prohibition notice was issued which prevented employees and the public from entering the premises, with only those on site to rectify the breaches allowed entry. It later transpired that a number of the areas of concern had been highlighted in a fire risk assessment carried out by Shell in 2003. However, Shell had failed to implement measures to rectify the deficiencies until they were picked up by the London Fire Brigade following the two fires. The London Fire Brigade recommended that such risk assessments are updated and reviewed on an annual basis. The fine represents 5.7% of Shell International's 2007 pre-tax profits of £5.3m on a turnover of £546m.