Every year since 2015, there have been in excess of 100 deliberate fires set on UK construction sites. Between 2021 and 2022, the total reached 139. That’s more than any other cause. Construction sites seem to be a magnet for arsonists. And it can be really difficult to address this issue.
Prevention: The best ways to protect your construction site against arson are to enhance security and surveillance. And to ensure that you have all of the relevant fire extinguishers on site. A great example is below having trolly units situated around your site in the relevant positions with the correct extinguisher on them, ready to use incase of an emergency.
The problem with cooking on a construction site is that there are so many flammable items around. Which means that a single spark from a poorly placed grill can result in site-wide damage.
Prevention: If cooking is to be permitted on a construction site, it must always be in a designated area and on provided, safety-checked equipment. Class A (solids) and Class F (wet chemical) fire extinguishers should always be present.
Where there is electricity, there will always be the risk of fire. Whether you’re powering generators, fitting electrics, or boiling a kettle, there is the potential for a range of faults to ignite a fire.
Prevention: It is a legal requirement that all electrical equipment used on construction sites be regularly PAT tested. That’s why site staff must not bring their own cooking equipment to work. You should also keep powder or CO2 fire extinguishers within easy reach of electrical equipment.
Flammable materials are everywhere on construction sites. Insulation, fuel, chemical solvents, are all highly combustible. Wood and roof coverings can feed the flames. And electrical equipment can ignite them. So, precautions must be taken.
Prevention: Keeping your site as clear and organised as possible is the best way to manage the risk of flammable materials. You should also ensure that your fuels and electrical equipment are kept as far away from your designated waste area as possible.
Flawed fire protection
Behind arson, accidents are the second most common reason for construction site fires. There were 93 incidents between 2021 and 2022. Accidents are typically caused flawed fire protection standards.
Prevention: The best way to address flawed fire protection is to ensure that all team members have adequate fire safety training. To appoint a fire marshal. To conduct a comprehensive fire risk assessment on a regular basis. And to provide suitable fire extinguishers.