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Concerns over fire safety of student accommodation

Concerns over fire safety have led South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority to launch an independent review into Sheffield’s student accommodation. It comes after 200 students were evacuated during a blaze in November at The Cube accommodation block in Bolton.  Greater Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham has raised the issue of combustible cladding, notably high pressure laminate cladding,…

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Lettings agent fined for fire safety offences in HMOs

A lettings agent has been fined more than £42,000 after admitting fire safety offences in two separate houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Stevenage Magistrates’ Court also ordered Lettings of London Ltd to pay costs of £10,626 to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Council officers inspected the properties in Hatfield in 2018 and found fire safety equipment…

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Extending scope of fire assessments in schools

Fire risk assessments in schools are crucially important. The following story is written by a well-known risk assessor in the fire sector. This individual has asked for anonymity in order to speak freely about common failings seen in buildings across the UK. UNDERTAKING fire risk assessments in schools does, on the surface seem a relatively simple task, at…

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Company director jailed after fire kills brothers

A company director has been jailed after a health and safety breach led to a fire that killed two brothers. Simon Thomerson, owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Ltd, had been contracted to refurbish several industrial units in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Labourers Ardian and Jashar Lamallari were working inside a unit on October 3,…

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