New guidance issued to prevent fires on construction sites
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Guidance on preventing fires, such as the use of fire safety signs, has been issued specifically for construction sites.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the renewed advice in response to the thousands of fires that happen in the construction industry every year.
Targeting all construction developments, the guidance has been designed with anyone responsible for the management and build of construction sites, including clients and designers, in mind.
Parts of the guidance have been renewed in light of recent fires, particularly involving timber framing. Here the advice urges clients and designers to take into consideration the specifics of the site, including its location, and think about the risk of fire to both those on site and nearby properties.
"At worst, fires can and do kill. They can also badly injure and cause serious human suffering and financial loss. Preventing them must be a priority on any building project," Philip White, HSE chief inspector of construction, said.
"Our inspectors would prefer to offer advice but if lives and livelihoods are at risk they will not hesitate to take enforcement action," he added.
Over 2009-10, 15 sites were shut for over 24 hours because of fires
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