Fire prevention measures

Considering risks not just to the workforce, but also to neighbours, surrounding buildings and vulnerable adults and children, should be considered before starting a project.

Any potential safety risks should be monitored and minimised as much as possible.

Fire escape routes for the workforce, neighbours and passers by should be checked and maintained regularly.

Addressing the specific needs and risks of each project and site location is of paramount importance.

You may need to introduce different safety initiatives at each site, for example:

  • Contractors worked on an old, indoor market visited by thousands of shoppers, with contract conditions that dictated no hot works were allowed within it, to prevent fire;
  • The only way the site could cut existing steelwork, in the absence of a flamed cutter, was to source a remote controlled robot to do the work;
  • Used on oilrigs, the robot greatly reduced the risk, as it was designed to operate without any possibility of sparking.

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Considerate Constructors Scheme, Site Registration Examples of Innovation 2014


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