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    ALARM BELLS SOUND ON CONSTRUCTION FIRE RISKS

    HSE targets inadequate fire precautions and anticipates further action

    Major construction site fires are ‘low probability/high consequence’ events which have rarely led to human disaster on a scale feared. 

    However, recent spectacular fires, particularly on timber-framed structures, has raised the profile of fire risk across all projects.     

    The HSE Construction Division Plan for 2010/11 states that:

    “we will ensure that fire precautions – both process and general fire precautions are in place. Particular attention will be given to fire precautions on timber frame structures, and multi-storey or part occupied premises”

    Enforcement increased considerably

    A recently published summary of HSE construction sector work confirms that the construction division ‘enforcement profile’ on fire safety has increased.

    Examination of the the HSE Enforcement database shows almost 200 enforcement notices issued by construction inspectors on fire matters during 2010 (at 17/08/2010)

    New guidance expected

    The out of print HSE guidance Fire in Construction (HSG168) is being updated in consultation with industry and other key stakeholders and is due to be published in the autumn of 2010.

    Meanwhile, the accepted guide to fire safety is: Fire Prevention on Construction Sites: The Joint Code of Practice on the Protection from Fire of Construction Sites and Buildings Undergoing Renovation 7th edition published by The Fire Protection Association.

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    Posted on 18th November 2019

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    Posted on 14th November 2019

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    Posted on 14th November 2019

    HSE ENFORCEMENT DATABASE LATEST UPDATE

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    Posted on 31st October 2019

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    Posted on 28th October 2019

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

    HSE LOSES PATIENCE WITH ERRANT CONTRACTOR

    Roofing firm fined £30,000 over failure to manage work at height risks

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

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    Posted on 24th October 2019

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

    HSE RISK REDUCTION THROUGH DESIGN AWARD

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

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    Posted on 18th October 2019

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    Posted on 10th October 2019

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    Posted on 10th October 2019

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    Posted on 10th October 2019

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    Posted on 8th October 2019

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    Posted on 7th October 2019

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    Posted on 30th September 2019

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    Posted on 30th September 2019

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    Posted on 30th September 2019

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    Posted on 23rd September 2019
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