The new regime will mandate named dutyholders for fire safety compliance at the design, construction and occupation stages of residential buildings of 10 storeys or more.
High-rise residential projects will also be obliged to pass through a series of "gateways", points at which the regulators will approve fire safety arrangements before allowing the next stage to begin.
Hackitt's report concluded that a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities and inadequate regulatory oversight and enforcement had led to a "race to the bottom" in building safety practices.
Announcing Building a Safer Future,the government's implementation plan, Brokenshire said the government would consider the option of establishing a statutory Joint Competent Authority, which would oversee the management of safety risks across a building's entire lifecycle, oversee compliance and have the power to sanction dutyholders.
Hackitt's report called for serious penalties, including prison and unlimited fines for construction contractors who were found guilty of flouting fire regulations.
Her final report recommended that the "sanctions and enforcement regime should be reinforced so that penalties are an effective deterrent against noncompliance. These stronger enforcement tools should generally look to replicate and align with the approach in the Health and Safety at Work Act".
The government accepts this in principle but will consult on further detail in spring 2019, specifically on proposals for enforcement and sanctions to support the new regime. To assist with the consultation and establishment of the new regime it has set up a Joint Regulators Group, comprising representatives of the Health and Safety Executive, Local Authority Building Control, the fire services and the Local Government Association, which will start to test elements of the revised framework in 2019 ahead of any new proposed legislation.
Although the new regulatory framework will apply to high-risk residential buildings, the government also plans to consult in the spring on whether other buildings should be included where a fire involving them could put multiple lives at risk.
Over the next 12 months, the government plans to set up a standards committee to advise the secretary of state on new and existing construction product and system standards.
In addition to setting out its implementation plans, the government has also launched a full review of fire safety guidance in building regulations. On 18 December it published a call for evidence seeking views on the future technical guidance contained in Approved Document B (fire safety). The consultation closes on 1 March.
In September 2018, the government introduced a ban on using combustible cladding on new high-rise buildings, which is due to come into force on 21 December.
Housing secretary James Brokenshire made the announcement in Parliament yesterday (29 November), when the regulations were laid to give legal effect to the ban made public earlier this year.The use of combustible materials is now prohibited on the external walls of tower blocks taller than 18 m, as well as new hospitals, residential care homes, dormitories in boarding schools and student accommodation over 18 m.
Employees from two separate contractors were put at risk of exposure to the hazardous fibres, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) found. Ballymena-based Asbestos Management Services (AMS) failed to identify the risk of asbestos-containing materials in the Antrim shop on 7 January 2016.Antrim Crown Court was told that the company had been contracted to conduct an asbestos survey and took samples before work started. However, AMS allowed the refurbishment to start before the positive sample results had been received.
Prime minister Theresa May is said to be considering supporting the amendment which would enshrine protection of the rights and standards relating to health and safety and employment, as well as the environment. It would also allow MPs a vote on whether to adopt EU protections if they are strengthened in the future. The move is an attempt to gain support from Labour Brexiteers ahead of Tuesday's "meaningful vote" on the withdrawal agreement. The bill could be voted down by more than 430 MPs, with only 206 ready to support it.
Douglas Caddell, 65, was closing the gates at the East Farleigh station crossing in Kent when the incident happened on 24 April 2015. There had been a near-miss earlier that day when another vehicle drove over as he was operating the gates.Caddell sustained a fractured C3 and C4 vertebrae and spondylolisthesis (an injury known as a hangman's fracture) and the possibility of brain injury is being investigated. Caddell is unable to work in his former role.
The incident happened at Whitechapel station in east London in the early hours of 4 June 2016 when Balfour Beatty Rail and LUL were working in a joint enterprise arrangement called Track Partnership renewing track on the Metropolitan Line. Track Partnership had scheduled weekend ballast replacement work at Liverpool Street and Aldgate East stations, using seven RRVs at each site. The 14 machines, which are used for lifting, digging and levelling track, moved in convoy from West Ham sidings to the stations.
A Belfast-based Risk & Compliance software provider has been collaborating with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction giant Costain as part of an ongoing project to unlock artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential in improving the management of risks on worksites.
Safety interventions should be practicable and cost-effective, but too much of an imbalance towards safety does not make economic sense for employers, argues Geoff Vaughan, who suggests ‘gross disproportion’ provides a practical limit.
A proposed new law aims to revoke EU-derived legislation, including life-saving protections, by December 2023, unless specifically kept or replaced – Richard Jones CFIOSH explains how OSH practitioners can get involved.