By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Friday, March 16, 2018
Health and Safety: Javid downplays the importance of fire safety doors
In a Commons statement, Housing Secretary Mr Javid said the government had ordered more tests to be carried out and added that there was “no evidence that this is a systemic issue.”
Mr Lloyd told MPs: “The Metropolitan Police considered that this test result might have wider implications for public safety and consequently alerted [Mr Javid’s] department.
“The Secretary of State then went on to say that there is no evidence that this is a systemic issue. I was astounded by this.
“If this isn’t systemic, what assessment has been made of how many buildings are potentially affected by this, how many individual flats, how many people who have fire doors that simply don’t do the job?”
He added that the government must work with a “real sense of urgency” to get to the bottom of the issue on behalf of tower block residents across the country.
Mr Lloyd also highlighted that, nine months after the Grenfell fire which killed 71 people last June, only seven out of 300 tower blocks identified as having the dangerous cladding had it removed.
“This is simply not good enough,” he said.
Natasha Elcock, a survivor from the tower and a representative of the bereaved and survivors’ group Grenfell United, said: “It’s shocking — first the cladding and insulation, then the doors. Who knows what else is putting people’s lives at risk?
“People’s homes must be made absolutely safe for them and their children. The government should have improved regulations after previous fires. We can’t listen to any more excuses.
“Grenfell United will not stop campaigning until the lessons of Grenfell are learned. Nothing can bring our loved ones back, but we must make sure a fire like this never happens again.”
The doors, manufactured by Manse Masterdor, were installed between 2011 and 2012. Since then, the company has been taken over by Synseal, which said that the doors in question were no longer being sold.
See also here.
FIRE doors in the Grenfell Tower failed, providing further evidence that this horrific tragedy could have been prevented. There is not a shadow of doubt that substandard fire doors, in combination with flammable cladding aided the rapid spread of the inferno which claimed the lives of so many men, women and children: here.