Construction firm fined for fire safety failings at timber frame site
Posted 12/08/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
J G Hale Construction Ltd has been handed a fine totalling £100,000 after admitting to breaking fire safety regulations at its timber frame construction site. The construction company came under investigation when HSE made an unannounced visit to the site.
Health and safety inspectors found that measures to prevent a fire starting and getting out of control had not been properly taken, the properties under construction had little fire protection and there was a lack of site management control. There was insufficient means to detect a fire and raise the alarm, poor control of ignition sources and a general lack of emergency planning. Improvement Notices were served regarding fire and vehicle safety issues and these were complied with after two further inspection visits.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Liam Osborne said: “Hale Construction had been given plenty of warnings about fire-safety and traffic risks in the recent past, including from HSE.
“Timber-frame houses are perfectly safe once they’re finished and protected, but when under construction they can be very dangerous. Stringent fire-safety standards need to be in place well before the build starts, and then maintained and monitored”.