Waste industry consults on revised fire risk guidance
Friday 24th February 2017
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The fire at the West Midlands plant, which involved 50,000 tonnes of recycling materials, resulted in nine firefighters being treated for injuries or exhaustion.
WISH includes representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, the main trade associations, professional bodies, recycling organisations and national and local government bodies. Its new draft guidance, WASTE 28 Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites, reflects advances in control measures since the launch of the first formal guidance in October 2014.
It also draws on recent research covering the combustion properties of waste, which will be used to inform the industry on effective prevention measures, such as acceptable storage stack separation distances. The research includes extensive waste burn trials conducted in 2015 and 2016, carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory, both in laboratory conditions and on a larger scale externally.
WISH anticipates that the final version of the revised guidance will be available in late March or early April.
Chris Jones, WISH chair, told IOSH Magazine: "Waste fires threaten the health, safety and wellbeing of workers on-site, firefighters and the wider public, so it's important that we continue to focus our efforts on preventing them and minimising the impact of those fires that do occur. The new guidance draws on extensive research and knowledge sharing between the industry, the Chief Fire Officers Association and other regulatory agencies."
Neil Rothnie outlined his concerns after reading the findings from a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report into the Elgin offshore rig, run by Total E&P UK and situated 240 km east of Aberdeen.The industry expert says the report had revealed problems with high-pressure gas leaks on the rig since 2001 and repeated failures to deal with the risks.
The worker was unloading wooden furniture frames at a DFS upholstery site on 2 July 2015 when an unsecured piece of furniture fell and struck him. The impact knocked him unconscious and he sustained serious head and neck injuries, Derby Magistrates’ Court was told. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found the company did not manage the risks associated with moving heavy loads between manufacturing locations. It failed to ensure the work was supervised, despite reports of several near-misses from unsecured loads.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that bus company Go Ahead London, which operates Peckham Bus Garage, had commissioned an engineering maintenance company to carry out refurbishment work on the fuel tank at the South London premises. This involved cleaning and repainting it to prevent fuel contamination.
Manchester City Magistrates’ Court was told that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an unannounced inspection of the site in April 2015. It served a prohibition notice on Select Quality Homes after it found no or inadequate edge protection on several parts of the scaffolding.When the HSE made a return visit to the site, the deficient scaffolding was still in place.
Mark Seward, 49, had only worked for AGD Equipment for 16 days when the accident happened, Warwick Crown Court was told. He was leak testing a hydraulic cylinder at the company’s site in Stratford-upon-Avon. The cylinder cracked under pressure, exploding and sending metal fragments flying. One of these hit the employee in the head. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found that AGD Equipment had not told Seward the safe working pressure for the cylinder.
Balfour Beatty Regional Construction (BBRC) was managing the site at Richmond Park Croft, Sheffield, when the accident happened, Newcastle Crown Court was told. The victim was part of a three-strong bricklaying team that had been instructed to work on the incomplete development. On 2 March 2015 the floor gave way at one side and he fell 2.4 m, along with around 70 building blocks. He sustained multiple fractures to his foot.