5 months after the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) have revealed urgent action is required such as formal qualifications and accreditation within fire industry to avoid serious building fires in the future.
A series of recommendations have be made to the body who reviews building regulations in the wake of the tragedy.
An inquiry carried out found that a “lack of competence” is allowing “dangerous decisions” to be made about building design and construction. The LFB commented that it was a “once in a generation” chance for change.
Urgent action needed to regulate those responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining buildings
Loopholes in the current arrangements allowed fire safety elements in buildings to be designed with no input from fire safety officials.
A lack of a robust, independent on-site inspection programme to make sure fire safety elements were included in the finished design should also be addressed.
The LFB’s assistant commissioner for fire safety, Dan Daly, said: “It took a tragedy for everyone to take fire safety seriously and listen to what the brigade has been saying for years about skills.
“There are countless points where a dangerous decision can be made about a building’s design or upkeep and hardly any measures to ensure that the people making those decisions are sufficiently experienced and properly qualified.
“This means that potentially dangerous design flaws could exist within a building until we either find it at a later date or, in the worst case scenario, it is exposed by a serious fire.
“We don’t have the legal powers or the resources to check the entire fabric of a building but we often uncover dangerous flaws that we can’t ignore.”
He added: “We recognise that this is a once in a generation opportunity to make buildings safer and are actively supporting the review process.”
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