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Government to toughen fire regulation in light of Hackitt review recommendations

The government has agreed to introduce a new regulatory framework to improve fire safety in high-rise residential tower blocks in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of regulation following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.

Government bans combustible cladding and permits LAs to strip materials from private towers

The UK government has banned combustible cladding on new high-rise residential buildings and given new powers to councils to rid private buildings of unsafe materials and recover the costs from landlords.

Southern Gas Network fined £1.2m after gas main ignited

A utilities firm and a construction company have been sentenced after two workers were injured when a ruptured gas main ignited in Whitstable, Kent.

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Paul Wright, Biffa

The waste management contractor’s new OSH director plans to adapt COMAH industry techniques to continue a downward trend in accidents. 

Good in a storm

In emergencies many people will instinctively do things unlikely to save them. But you can rectify that. 

Piper Alpha: regime changer

July 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the oil industry’s worst disaster, which changed safety regulation and practice.

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