Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

TOWER BLOCK FIRE DEATHS INQUEST COMMENCES

Inquest into six deaths will consider impact of refurbishment work

An inquest started this week into a fire at the 14-storey Lakanal House south London tower block in which six people lost their lives three years ago. Some 30 people were rescued and 100 removed from their homes. In 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service ruled out manslaughter charges against Southwark Council.

A faulty television is believed to have triggered the fire and the inquest will consider the impact of building design and subsequent refurbishment work. Coroner Frances Kirkham in opening the inquest said:

“The fire spread quickly within flat 65 and then on to some other flats in the building. The fire took hold in flat 79 where a young woman, Catherine Hickman, was living. She died from the effects of the fire.

The fire also spread to flat 81. Five people took refuge in flat 81. They were Helen Udoaka and her baby daughter Michelle — Michelle was then 20 days old — together with Dayana Francisquini, her daughter Thais, aged six, and her son Filipe, who was aged three. All of those also died from the effects of the fire.”

The London Fire Brigade is expected to tell the inquest that, contrary to the design, fires spread between flats and floors.

In 2009, Brian Coleman, chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority told the Architects Journal that residents should be ‘safe’ for one hour before fire might spread between floors and that he needed to know why the fire spread so quickly.

Did refurbishment work undermine principal fire-protection system?

The Independant on Sunday (IoS) has reported on its own invstigation in the tragedy.

The IoS reports that a police-led investigation found that work carried out on the building destroyed its ‘compartment’ protection. It is alleged that “firewalls designed to stop smoke and flames from spreading had been cut to allow pipes and duct work and that ceiling and floor spaces lacked protection measures and vital flameproof materials had been removed”.

The IoS reports that “many more fire threats still exist more than three years after the south London fire because of serious failings in the way buildings are assessed for dangers.”

A Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) spokesperson told the IoS:The

“The quality of too many fire-risk assessments remains poor. Too often they are carried out by people who lack appropriate knowledge. To do it properly it is necessary to get into the hidden parts of a building, behind walls and into ceiling spaces.”

The Inquest is expected to last three months.

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

SOLE TRADER PRISON SENTENCE OVER ROOF FALL

Fall through fragile rooflight caused by poor planning and assessment

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th November 2017

MAJOR SUPPLIER FINED £1.2M OVER DRIVER DEATH

Delivery driver crushed by overloaded FLT at supplier factory premises

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 23rd November 2017

SOLAR PANEL BOSS SENTENCED WITH COMPANY

Director and company given hefty sentences over worker fall

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 22nd November 2017

BUSINESS LEFT LEGIONELLA RISK UNCONTROLLED

Effective management arrangements missing for tunnel wash

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 22nd November 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 22nd NOV 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 22nd November 2017

PRICE RISES FOR THOSE IGNORING HSE NOTICES

Contractor given jail term after scaffolding prohibition issued

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 22nd November 2017

UPDATED GUIDANCE ON EXCAVATORS USED AS CRANES

Plant Forum stresses excavators should not be ‘first choice’ for lifting

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 22nd November 2017

LORRY SHEETING ARRANGEMENTS PROVED FATAL

Driver fell 4m to death during unsafe un-sheeting of lorry

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th November 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 15th NOV 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th November 2017

NEW CPA GUIDANCE ON FORWARD TIPPING DUMPERS

Industry aims to help prevent overturns and collision with workers

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 13th November 2017

DEMOLITION WORKER LOST BALANCE IN FATAL FALL

Lack of measures in place to prevent fall from mezzanine floor

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 13th November 2017

GROUNDWORKER SET ON FIRE BY CABLE STRIKE

RAMS requirement for underground service checks not followed

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 13th November 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 8th NOV 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th November 2017

RARE SUPPLIER PROSECUTION OVER FATAL CRUSHING

Vehicle manufacturer design and unsafe user practice caused death

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th November 2017

ASBESTOS SURVEY FAILED TO COVER ALL WORK AREAS

Utilities firm fined after electricians exposed to drilled asbestos

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th November 2017

METAL GRID FELL FROM FLT DURING PAINTING

Steel fabricator could have used sling to safely suspend grids

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th November 2017

DRIVER ESCAPES WITH LIFE AFTER POWER STRIKE

Director given suspended sentence over lorry 132kV line contact

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th November 2017

SCAFFOLDER FELL ON TEMPORARY ROOF WORKS

Injured workman lacked training and fall arrest equipment

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th November 2017

FALLING CONTROL PANEL CRUSHED WORKMAN

Planning lacking on how to safely move heavy electrical equipment

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th November 2017

POWER DOOR INSTALLER JAILED FOR THREE YEARS

Falling electrically powered gate claimed life of resident

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 3rd November 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 2nd NOV 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd November 2017

STEEL FIRM REMOVED BAND SAW SAFETY GUARD

Leg of worker crushed in the vice of an industrial band saw

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd November 2017

WORKMAN FELL AFTER RAIL REMOVED FOR ACCESS

Small builder failed to allow for missing guard-rail

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd November 2017

FINES RISE RAPIDLY ALONGSIDE HARM TO HEALTH

hselogo1HSE confirm lowest number of construction fatalities on record

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd November 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE OCT 25th 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 25th October 2017
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access