• Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data

    TIMBER FRAME FIRE HITS HEADLINES ONCE AGAIN

    Firefighters deal with blaze on timber framed flats under construction

    The BBC has reported how Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has dealt with a fire at timber-framed flats under construction at Gershwin Road, Basingstoke.

    There were fears the four-storey building could collapse and that the flames could spread to other properties due to prevailing wind conditions.

    An investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way.

    Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Chief Officer, John Bonney said 

    “When timber-framed buildings catch fire the actual structure burns. It often leads to total collapse and that puts the safety of our firefighters at risk.

    The potential for fire spread was clearly of major concern at this incident, and shows that the Chief Fire Officers Association is right to be increasingly concerned about the number and severity of fires in timber-framed buildings under construction.”

    Comment

    Fires on timber frame structures make for good newspaper and YouTube copy. There is however a danger that the real risk to construction workers and the public could be over-estimated.

    Many of the fires occur when the site is unoccupied and are probably a result of arson. We are not aware of any fire related fatalities or major injuries on timber frame construction projects.

    The timber frame industry would probably argue that work in older buildings under refurbishment presents a far greater fire risk to construction workers.

    However, insurance costs are the biggest issue the timber frame sector. Strict compliance with the Joint Code of Practice issued by the Association of British Insurers and the Chief Fire Officers Association is the best way to minimise fire risk and insurance costs. The UKTFA Fire Safety Guidance provides timber frame specific guidance to be followed.  

    Site security and early warning systems are key precautions.

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    HSE ENFORCEMENT DATABASE LATEST UPDATE

    hselogo1View current online register of HSE prosecutions and enforcement notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st October 2019

    DEVELOPER AND DIRECTOR PUT PUBLIC AT RISK

    Demolition undertaken without surveys and effective safety precautions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 28th October 2019

    SELECTED NEWS POSTED RECENTLY ON TWITTER

    Posted on 28th October 2019

    BY-PASSING MACHINE INTERLOCK FINED £1.275 MILLION

    Trapped key safety system failed to prevent access to conveyor danger

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    HSE LOSES PATIENCE WITH ERRANT CONTRACTOR

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

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    TRUSS ERECTION LACKED INTERNAL FALL PROTECTION

    Carpenter fell and injured whilst falling with roof truss

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    WORKMAN FELL HEAD FIRST THROUGH ROOFLIGHT

    Fragile roof dangers not assessed and properly controlled

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    HSE RISK REDUCTION THROUGH DESIGN AWARD

    Regulator seeks to promote hazard avoidance and risk minimisation

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR FINED OVER ASBESTOS RISK

    Checks for presence of asbestos not undertaken prior to refurbishment

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    DIRECTOR PROSECUTED AND JAILED AS EMPLOYEE

    Workman fatally injured when crushed between bucket and wall

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    BUILDING MATERIALS FIRM FINED OVER FATALITY

    Failure to effectively isolated power to machinery caused death of engineer

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    CUSTOM AND PRACTICE CAUSED EXPLOSION DEATHS

    Electrical accumulator explosion claims the lives of two engineers

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    REBAR FELL DURING TANDEM FLT LIFTING OP

    Workman seriously injured during improperly planned and executed lift

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    FIRM FINED AFTER FINGER OF TRAINEE SEVERED

    Young worker injured hand working on unguarded rip saw

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th October 2019

    WORKMAN FELL THROUGH ROOF OPENING

    Contractor failed to provide collective edge protection or fall arrest

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th October 2019

    DRIVER UNDER TRAINING CRUSHED BY TELEHANDLER

    Court sentences company director to unpaid work community order

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    DIRECTOR IN DOCK OVER FRAGILE ROOF RISK

    Roofing contractor and director failed to plan and manage falls risk

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    HSE START PROJECT HEALTH RISK INTERVENTIONS

    Regulator set to check health risks assessed and controls in place

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    AIF NATIONAL WORKING AT HEIGHT CONFERENCE

    HSE Construction Head to speak at Access Industry Forum conference

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd September 2019

    NEW HSE HAVS CALCULATOR TO HELP CONTROL RISK

    New calculator includes “cautious estimates” for common tools

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd September 2019

    JAIL TERM FOR DIRECTOR OVER LORRY CRANE DEFECTS

    Operator impaled on dangerous and uninspected lifting appliance

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd September 2019

    STEEL PIPE FALL TRIGGERS FREAK CAUSE OF DEATH

    Wooden bearer sent flying by pipe struck workman on head

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th September 2019

    FATAL FALL FROM INSECURE SCAFFOLD LADDER

    Scaffold erected by unqualified and incompetent person

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th September 2019

    FIRMS FAILED TO MONITOR SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK

    Principal Contractor and specialist fined over fall through roof mesh

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th September 2019
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data