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The company running a care home in South London has recently been fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,000 for breaching fire safety regulations after the death of a resident.  A fire was discovered in the room of a 78-year-old pensioner, Mrs McDonald, after her cries for help were heard by members of staff. She suffered severe burns and sadly passed due to her...

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The recent devastation caused by the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral is indeed a tragedy, with priceless heritage now lost forever as a result of this. Though the cause of this tragic fire in Paris has yet to be established, we must consider that the building works that were in progress are a strong contender. This fire therefore also serves as a stark reminder of...

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With Christmas just around the corner many of us will be waking up to the gift of a wonderful new device to play with. Perhaps electrical safety may not be our first thought on Christmas morning when we unwrap our new gadgets, or any time we pick up a new electrical item, but is extremely important for ensuring the safety of yourselves and your loved...

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The early detection of fire is necessary to give building occupants time to escape and to limit the damage to property. Achieving reliable early detection with minimal false alarms over a broad range of applications is a challenge. The detection of smoke-like phenomena commonly found in the service environment, such as steam, aerosols and airborne dust, contribute to the numbers of unwanted alarms. Since 2013 BRE...

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Conclusive evidence shows multi-sensor detectors are better at false alarm rejection Research pioneered by the Fire Industry Association and its members has lead to some momentous discoveries in the field of fire detection and alarm: more sophisticated multi-sensor detectors really are more effective at reducing false alarms than the ‘standard’ smoke alarms. The research, conducted on behalf of the FIA by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and...

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Faulty household appliances - primarily washing machines and tumble dryers - account for 60 house fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said. It said the number of fires has stayed roughly the same each year for five years.   It wants the government to draw up a plan to tackle the issue within three months, having set up an Office for Product Safety. However, manufacturers...

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Fatal accidents in the workplace have fallen considerably with a a big drop in fatal injuries at work since 1981. Before then, not all industries were required to report workplace injuries, so the data is patchy. But in the industries that did have to report, deaths fell sharply in the 1970s too. In the year 1986-87 there were 407 fatal accidents in workplaces around Britain. Three decades later...

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Fire Safety Engineering

What you need to do The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) sets out the law on construction site general fire safety. The FSO requires that a ‘responsible person’ must carry out, and keep up to date, a risk assessment and implement appropriate measures to minimise the risk to life and property from fire. The responsible person will usually be the main or principal contractor in control of...

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Explosives Health & Safety

  The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has commissioned its research partner, BMG Research, to conduct a major survey amongst employers and workers/employees across Great Britain about health and safety practices at work, and would very much appreciate your time and assistance in completing the survey. Please note the closing date for completing the survey is Wednesday 31 January 2018. The aim of the research is to help...

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Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK's second biggest construction company.   Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up huge debts. Its failure means the government will have to provide funding to maintain the public services...

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