HSG 168 fire safety on construction sites - A summary of the changes in 2010 edition (Version 2)

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Although the construction industry's performance has improved over the past decade, the rates of death, serious injury and ill health for construction site workers are still too high. When construction activities are not adequately controlled, members of the public can also be killed or injured, and property adjacent to construction sites put at risk.

This Construction Briefing looks at the risk of fire on construction sites which is one of the key targets the HSE has included within the construction divisions plan of work 2010/2011.

This sheet covers a number of key considerations to be undertaken to reduce the risk of building site fires, including legal obligations, statistics relating to fire of timber frame, and a UKTFA security flow chart which gives some best practice advice on preventing arson - the most common cause for construction site fires.



  • Legal requirements 
  • Statistics
    • Quantity of fires in buildings under construction
  • Key requirements on timber frame sites
    • Radiated heat
    • Fire engineered buildings
    • Scaffolding
    • Fire alarms
    • Site security
    • Compartmentation
    • Emergency procedures
    • Fire service liaison

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