The Health and Safety issues on Grenfell Tower

The Grenfell Tower tragedy, to be put bluntly, was caused solely by a lack of care and attention to health and safety regulations. The residents of the tower had been noticing, actively complaining, and protesting this absence of attention. In fact, in 2013 they claimed that they would only have one, restricted road for emergency vehicle access after shutting down the car park. During the fire, eye witnesses claimed that this slowed down the fire engine response. The residents also wrote about continuous electrical surges which had been causing fire hazards in the building. Finally, and most eerily, in 2016 residents wrote that ‘a serious fire in the tower block’ would be the only way they could bring the company managing the building ‘to justice.’

The building had only one escape route, boilers and gas pipes were left bare in living rooms and kitchens, there was no building-wide fire alarm or sprinkler system, piles of rubbish were being left outside, blocking exits, fire safety equipment had not been tested for 12 months, there was a lack of fire extinguishers, and the list unfortunately goes on. The newly installed cladding system was a cheaper, more flammable option. It was not installed with fire safety in mind, but it was instead an economic decision. Many residents of the area claim that the whole renovation the building underwent was mainly due to the fact that it was an eyesore for the wealthier residents. Since that was the motive, safety was not kept in mind.

The Health and Safety Executive have strict and clear gas health and safety regulation, yet these are often overlooked. “I don’t think we have seen this sort of fire in the UK before,” said Mike Penning, former fire minister in David Cameron’s government. “We have to check if the existing regulations have been adhered to and it looks to me, from a distance, that that may not be the case.” On the contrary, Rydon, the contractor for the refurbishment, said it “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards.”

There were constant plans to test fire safety equipment and to replace some of the gas pipes, but the council never put forth any actions despite all of the complaints from the towers’ residents. Health and safety regulations must be met, ensured, and checked constantly. Hopefully, this dreadful occurrence allows for more care to be taken in the future and sends the message that all buildings and homes need to be checked. The horrific fire was anticipated and, most disturbingly, avoidable had those who were supposed to inspect that the building met the gas compliant health and safety regulations done it.

 

 

The Future of Work

Over the years, work has drastically changed both in how employees are hired and in the process of work. Boundaries are fading and traditional jobs are ceasing to exist. The reality is that most jobs have been changing and will be altered even further in the next few years. Rather than focusing on a specific career path, it is now deemed most advantageous to gain a wide set of skills which are desired across all industries. Research shows that during one’s lifetime, he or she is expected to have over 15 jobs across five industries.

Most jobs will be transformed and it is impossible to follow a strict path in the hope of pursuing this one job. Instead, employers search for candidates with a range of multiple skills that could take on more decision authority and operate across the company, covering different areas of work. However, the changing nature of work is far more complex than being simply about the transformation of traditional jobs. The development of new technology has led to a different work atmosphere with a less hierarchical structure and a focus on a quick and proactive attitude.

Advances in technology have caused one of the most dramatic shifts the working world has ever seen. Work is no longer place-oriented and has become more of an activity. Office work is now portable and easily accessible. Technology connects office work to home or other leisure spaces, so not all work must be done in the office. Additionally, technology makes things instant. Since an employee could effectively complete a request instantly and from home, employers expect punctuality and have harsher time restraints. Nowadays, employers anticipate that workers will efficiently complete tasks while under time pressure as there are few time restraints.

The process of work has been wholly transformed into a more cognitively complex practice. Companies depend on collaborative work, social skills, and technological competence. Although this may seem like a harsh change- putting more pressure and expectations on workers-this change in fact opens the doors for employees and gives them more freedom to pursue different career paths and delve in many industries. Training is no longer a linear path into one specific field; work is now about using many, different skillsets to be able to unlock several jobs and appear as an adaptable worker to employers. In a transforming professional world, the best way to become a successful, employable individual is by gaining skills and experience.

So, what can Free2Learn do to help you adapt to the future of work? F2L is up to date with employment models which are constantly updating and evolving. Employees now learn not only through training, but also through interactions with industry professionals and by experiencing work first-hand. Learning develops from mentoring relationships between newcomers and those with practice, and F2L offers this sort of active learning. We focus on skills and experience- qualifications which employers look for in future employees. Our courses will help you enter numerous industries through learning skills such as customer service, retail, loss prevention, construction health and safety, team leading, warehousing principles, hospitality, employability, and more! The future or work is rapidly transforming; Free2Learn stays on top of these trends to ensure the most efficient training for a new world of work!

Get a job next winter with Free2Learn’s Energy Training

Free2Learn’s Energy Training grants you all the qualifications needed to join the Gas and Energy sector. We provide a variety of Gas Compliance training courses which will ensure success in your effort to join this industry! Whether you are brand new to the industry or an experienced gas engineer, we have industry experienced trainers and the courses for you.

Based in a state of the art Gas Training Facility, you will be taught skills by experienced industry professionals in order to progress through the ACS nationally accredited certification scheme and other gas qualifications.

This short course will allow you to quickly and efficiently gain skills and qualifications for this field. You can do this course this summer and have a job by next winter! You will engage in college based training, create a portfolio, and be assessed by the best professionals in the field. Furthermore, you will have the chance to learn gas legislation, building regulations, principles of combustion, domestic natural gas pipework, design and installation, and more in just a short period of time!

F2L will offer you the theory and practical skills to cover the knowledge and understanding to work safely in the Gas and Energy sector, ensuring you are ready for the world of work and fully qualified along the way!

For more information about enrolling in this course please contact Mike at info@f2lenergy.co.uk or visit our webiste for the location of courses.