Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Fire Service Warns Of Risks To Cleaners

Fire Service Warns Of Risks To Cleaners

Supermarket owners and employers of cleaners could be putting cleaners lives at risk, a senior Fire Service official warns.

This follows a case in which cleaning staff were trapped inside a supermarket after it was set alight by two teenage arsonists, who set fire to packaging and other materials stacked against a wall behind the supermarket.

Fire Service fire safety manager Gary Talbot says while the blame for the fire was clearly that of the teenagers, the supermarket owners and the employers of the cleaners might also be guilty of endangering the cleaners lives by possibly not complying with fire safety and health and safety regulations.

The regulations require owners of buildings to ensure that people can get out of a building and that flammable materials and waste are not stored so they create a fire hazard.

Employers are also required to ensure there are procedures in place to deal with emergencies including fire, and that staff are adequately trained in these procedures.

Recent research suggests the cost of deliberately lit fires accounted for between 26% and 35% of the total cost of all fires in New Zealand, says Gary.

He urges building owners and occupiers of schools and other public buildings to be extra vigilant over the holidays.

Ensure buildings are closed up for the traditional Christmas holidays and New Year celebrations so potential fire hazards are not created and buildings are safe from unwanted entry. It is also important that staff who need to enter buildings over the break can escape quickly in an emergency if they have to.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news