There are various calls for a cessation of deregulation following the Grenfell Tower fire but I can't really see that any removal of regulations caused this.
Anybody who remember foam polystyrene ceiling tiles and fires that occurred when they were used in kitchens would realise that it is not a good idea to place a similar material on the outside of high rise buildings where there is a chimney effect. It is inexplicable to continue to do so when there is evidence from fires at the Lacrosse building in Melbourne in 2014 and the Lakanal fire in Lambeth in 2009, both of which had the same type of cladding and caused multiple deaths.
There seems to be some confusion about what the standards and regulations are, and that may be the root cause of the problem. If people slavishly follow the regulations without assessing the possible outcome and making appropriate choices, then such tragedies occur.
The Ronan Point building collapse changed the way tower blocks were built. The cause of that was the method of building similar to a house of cards. Hopefully, Grenfell Tower will change the fire standards with tower blocks as well.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Monday, 26 June 2017
- The worker was tasked with changing air filled wheel with foam filled wheels on
8 April 2016.
- Each wheel weighs more than 400kg.
- There was no handling equipment for the wheels.
- Holt JCB has not assessed the risks of this operation.
- They had not trained workers on how to handle wheels.
- A wheel fell, leaving the man with broken bones in both feet.
- The company were prosecuted under Regulation 4(1) of the Manual Handling Regulations 1992.
- On 15 December 2015 Chris Davis was using a manually operated metalworking lathe.
- The lathe had a faulty emergency footbrake, which had been reported to the company at an early date, but had not been taken out of service.
- Mr Davis was using hand-held emery cloth when when his hand became entangled with the rotating workpiece.
- He required surgical amputation to part of his left index finger.