Construction site fire safety

Construction site fire safety

The UK government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that the loss of life on a construction site due to fire is rare. The majority of deaths on construction sites are caused by falling from height followed by being struck by objects/vehicles and contact with electricity.

However, construction site fires have resulted in substantial fire losses over the last 25 years. High-profile fires at London’s Minster Court and Broadgate Phase 8 accounted for £138.5 million of the £143 million total for fire losses on construction sites between 1984 and 1991 in the UK.

In responses to these and other large site fires, a number of guidance documents have been produced that address fire safety on construction sites:

The introduction of modern construction methods including large timber-framed structures has also resulted in significant fires under construction including Peckham, Camberwell and Basingstoke which all resulted in fire damage to adjacent buildings. The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) have stated in 2010 that ‘large timber framed buildings under construction pose a significant risk to firefighters, construction workers and members of the public.'

This section is maintained by Martin Kealy of MKA Fire.