In a letter sent to survivors yesterday (27 July), the Metropolitan Police said it has “seized a huge amount of material and taken a large number of witness statements” during its investigation. Both the council and the TMO that managed the tower block have now been informed they may be charged for their involvement in the blaze, which killed at least 80 people when it ripped through the 24-storey building of 14 June.
Warwickshire Coroners’ Court was told that James Merritt was carrying out statutory inspections on two passenger lifts and a freight elevator at Telent Technologies Services in Warwick on 11 October 2016. He fell down the empty shaft of one of the passenger lifts and sustained fatal head injuries.Paramedics arrived at the industrial park but Merritt, who worked for Zurich Engineering and had been named Engineer Surveyor of the Year by the Bureau of Engineer Surveyors in 2014, died at the scene.
The oil giant reached a settlement agreement with the state’s occupational safety and health regulator Cal/OSHA on Monday (24 July) to ensure the safe operation of process safety equipment at the site. As part of the agreement, the company will replace all carbon steel piping used to transport corrosive liquids with chrome-alloy piping, which has superior corrosion resistance properties. It also must implement procedures to monitor the equipment that alerts operators to necessary replacements.
News footage that followed the Grenfell Tower fire in west London in June featured London Fire Brigade remotely operating a small rotor-borne aircraft to survey the building’s damage and to search the upper floors for survivors.
London’s underground railway is one of the busiest mass transit systems in the world, carrying four million passengers a day – five million at peak, more than the population of the Republic of Ireland. Trains on the busiest of its 11 lines run on average every 100 seconds.
Its latest Global Outlook report (bit.ly/2sOgOjx) finds that reputational risk, such as that presented by safety and health, environmental and data security failings, moved into third place in the concern ranking, behind operational risks and emerging technologies. It did not even appear in the top ten in 2016.Respondents report that they expect reputational and brand risk to have the second-biggest impact on their businesses’ growth over the next three years.
IOSH, the British Safety Council and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents are among those organisations that have called on the government for a “change in mindset” towards safety regulations since the blaze in the 24-storey social housing block on 14 June, which killed at least 80 people.They sent an open letter to Theresa May on 21 June, urging the government to scrap safety and health deregulation.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has launched a public consultation on the changes, which have been put forward to support the Workplace Safety and Health 2018: A national strategy for workplace safety and health in Singapore (WSH 2018).
Today (4 July) the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts has announced a consultation on its proposals for how offenders convicted of manslaughter should be sentenced in England and Wales.The draft guideline covers four types of manslaughter.
Effective OSH training is critical, not least because it contributes to helping to ensure employees are competent, yet there remain many pitfalls at the delivery stage. We brought together three experienced representatives from OSH training providers to discuss present and future training challenges with IOSH Magazine’s deputy editor.