Govt residential flat fire safety guidance taken down. Why? #Grenfell


The government publishes a list of guides to fire safety standards and law, covering a wide range of settings from hospitals to stables.

One of them, titled “Fire safety in purpose-built flats produced by the Local Government Group” would cover Grenfell Tower, where unknown and understated numbers of people died tragically two weeks ago:

fire-safety links.pngSo why is that document missing?

If you click on the link to the document on the government’s fire-safety home page, you find:

gov guidance 404It may of course be merely a technical issue, or that the document’s location has been changed and the link has not been updated. But it’s interesting timing.

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Consulting engineer’s 41 #Grenfell questions demand answers


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Paul Follows is a hugely experienced Consulting Structural Engineer, Forensic Specialist and Residential Refurbishment Designer who has taken a keen professional and personal interest in the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower and its aftermath. He has used his expertise to put together a comprehensive list of questions that demand answers if the victims and survivors of Grenfell are to have anything approaching justice.

And for the security of every person living in a high rise in this country and beyond.

Explaining why he put together the list and sent it to the SKWAWKBOX, Mr Follows said:

Anything less than complete thoroughness could cause problems again and potentially mean other towers are still at some risk if the emphasis is narrow rather than as complete as possible. ie a full investigation of all parts.

I want to ensure ‘no stone is unturned – a full, thorough and complete” assessment. The danger with forensics…

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