Category - Fire Safety


Fire Safety for Apart Hotels and Serviced Apartments

Unfortunately there has recently been another serious fire at an apartment block in London. The fire occurred in the afternoon of the Sunday 9th June 2019 at the De Pass Gardens, Barking Riverside building. The block of flats from ground to 6th floor was engulfed in flames and around 100 fire fighters attended the scene. …


Fire safety news: Ivy Manchester reopens after fire

As 2019 gets underway, fire safety hits the headlines again. As reported in the press recently, a fire broke out at the new  ‘The Ivy’ restaurant in Manchester. The BBC website had indicated that it is thought the blaze at the city centre venue started in a patio heater on an outdoor terrace. The extent …


Winter safety focus: Gas safety requirements

As part of our Winter safety focus, we look at gas safety requirements which need to be met to ensure that your business, staff and guests are kept safe. It is a legal requirement that any gas safety work must be undertaken by an engineer that is Gas Safe registered. During the winter months we are all …


The CSC guide to a joyous (and safe) festive season!

The festive season is upon us again and the countdown to Christmas has begun! With Christmas parties and festivities being planned, it is important for employers and businesses to be aware of potential health and safety hazards so that everyone can enjoy this special period. We revisit the CSC festive season guidance: Here is an …


Grenfell to Glasgow: Fire safety news roundup

This last week has marked the first anniversary of the Grenfell tower disaster which claimed 72 lives. With the enquiry currently underway, many questions about the ‘stay put’ policy, integrity of cladding and fire safety management systems still remain. Unfortunately, reporting of fire and fire safety prosecutions appear to be on the increase. In the …


Getting ready for the Summer – Barbecue Safety

With Summer on the way, the sunshine brings barbecue season. However barbecuing is not without risk. Barbecues are involved in many accidents that occur each year with vast numbers of people visiting A&E as a result. The most common types of barbecue-related accidents include cuts/tears by sharp objects/edges, burns, scalding and other fire related incidents. Cooking and eating …


Death at Chingford Care Home: Fire safety in focus

A fire which broke out at a home for people with learning disabilities in Chingford, North- East London, has resulted in one fatality A neighbour alerted the fire services as it was reported residents were unaware of the number to call. Eight residents and four carers managed to get out of the three-storey building before …


Failure to follow risk assessments and implement safety standards results in major fines

Far too often the failure to implement and follow basic health and safety requirements is resulting in catastrophic injuries and in some cases fatalities. With the impact of the Sentencing Guidance being felt across numerous sectors, massive fines are now becoming the norm. We look at some recently reported prosecutions: £1,4M fine: Tata Steel was …


Focus on Fire Safety: Recent increase in fire related incidents in last few weeks

With the Grenfell tragedy still fresh in our minds 6 months on, fire safety is back in the headlines as a notable upsurge of fires were reported across the country in the last two months. Buildings implicated in these fires included hotels, multi story car park and a campus in Bristol. We look at two …


Reviewing your risk assesments

How often should you be reviewing your risk assessments? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says risk should be assessed “every time there are new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.” An employer should carry out a risk assessment: whenever a new job brings in significant new hazards. Few workplaces stay the same and companies should …

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