London Fire Brigade to Lead Fire Safety Outreach to High-Rise Residents

Its May 28 announcement of a fire safety forum for them came in response to the inquest on the Lakanal House fire that killed six people in Jul y 2009.

The London Fire Brigade promised to take the lead in promoting greater understanding of fire safety among high-rise residents in the city, responding to recommendations by a coroner who conducted the inquest into the July 2009 Lakanal House fire, which killed six people.

The department reported May 28 it already has introduced a range of new initiatives, policies, and equipment to improve its planning and response to incidents involving high-rise premises. It also will create a fire safety forum for high-rise residential premises with key private and public sector partners, such as London Councils, London boroughs, housing associations, and care providers.

Another step will be new training for emergency call center operators and staffers.

"Our thoughts since the fire in 2009 have always been with the families and loved ones of those who tragically lost their lives. People living in high-rise buildings are at no greater risk of fire than those living in other types of property, but I particularly welcome the opportunity that the coroner's recommendations have given us to build on the work that we have been doing to clarify fire safety guidance," London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said. "As with every emergency we attend, but particularly large scale incidents such as the one at Lakanal House, lessons have been learned. The London Fire Brigade is an organization that continually strives to improve the services it provides and I also welcome the opportunity that the coroner's recommendations have provided to further enhance how we plan for and respond to emergencies in high rise residential buildings."

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2022

    May 2022

    Featuring:

    • WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
      How Wearable Technology is Transforming Safety and the Industrial Workplace
    • TRAINING: CONFINED SPACES
      Five Tips to Improve Safety in Confined Spaces
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      Monitor for Asbestos to Help Save Lives
    • PPE: FALL PROTECTION
      Fall Protection Can Be Surprising
    View This Issue