Hackitt: Eight key recommendations

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  1. Whilst I feel the report is useful ,I think it was commissioned by the government to allay concerns about the late in the day testing it ordered .
    I believe the report is not terribly relevant to the question “how did this happen ” but that is not necessarily the Author’s fault .

    Iam not entirely convinced that her background makes her the right person to
    compile this report .
    It understandably seeks to bring her ex employer the HSE further into the field .
    Whilst this may well be necessary the report is not in my opinion particularly
    well focused or again directly relevant to the failings now apparent .Perhaps it reflects her limited experience of construction .

    Quite how a building of this type and age has been allowed to be occupied with a single means of escape without sprinklers heaven knows .

    There are multiple failings to perform their Duty of care ie the contractor the building inspectors and the fire service’s inspectors .

    Having been built 50 yrs ago there has been plenty of time to remedy the situation .

  2. I think the report portrays what a lot of (older?) construction professional already felt about the industry, the findings should not be considered as only applicable to HHRBs, but all buildings under multiple occupation.
    UK and Scottish Government need to review current procurement methods within the public sector too.

  3. Well done Neil on a very clearly summary of Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report; all of which makes good sense and correlates with our industry’s much improved approach to safety over last 15 years.

    In my view what Dame Judith proposes is excellent in its own right, but the real test will be whether it is the catalyst for changing over the coming years our industry’s approach to quality standards at all stages of design and construction.

    Unless as an industry and as individual construction professionals we embrace fully the spirit of Dame Judith’s report and more widely the CIOB quality commission recommendations, do not be surprised to find future governments bringing in increasingly strong regulations driving how we work.

    I particularly like Dame Judith’s reference of clearer responsibilities, 3 gateway sign off and higher levels of competence. Recommendations we can actively embrace today – without need for any further debate.

  4. Fires can also occur during construction and so any new policies also need to cover ‘in construction’ situations for high rise means of escape.

  5. What difference will contract clauses that… “specifically state that safety requirements must not be compromised for cost reduction” have?

    Surely contracts shouldn’t have to spell out “you need to obey the law”? Compromising a legal requirement or a contractual obligation isn’t justified anyway.

    And putting too much of this kind of unnecessary fluff in a contract makes contracts worse at doing the job they should be doing – clearly communicating key obligations.

  6. It is good to see that something positive is finally being done regarding fire safety in construction.
    The sad fact is that it took the lives of 72 people for the government to act and attempt to put our Industry in order.
    Unfortunately I don’t think that the final report from Dame Judith Hackitt goes far enough and I for one would like to see much more stringent fire safety laws and regulations put in place to deal with not only high rise or complicated builds but across the entire industry.
    House building is a prime example of poor fire safety provision and requires a serious look at as well!

  7. As a Director of a specialist Electrical inspection and testing company i see daily a common issue within the industry. good old COST Versus QUALITY . the construction industry cannot adopt the cheap and cheerful throw away and replace culture that is the norm in society now. Electrical issues are one of the largest causes of fire and ensuring that the electrical system and services are properly inspected and maintained is the only way to reduce this issue. sadly Cost is a factor any body can do a condition report which includes Unable to verify or unable to locate as well as just simply copying previous reports but when the comparison of doing a job right to just getting a certificate is compared the client will 95% of the time go for the cheapest option. No matter what the price they expect for the works to be carried out as per regulations and supply them with the certification they have been asked to supply by their insurance company. Perhaps if clients look at tenders/Quotes like going to the shops for an item of clothing they may appreciate that you have to pay for Quality workmanship.

  8. item 5) Higher Competence Levels.
    Who is to have these higher levels???
    !) A site manager is assessed at NVQ level 4 or 5, is he not competent to manage the construction of the building to the design and specification of the clients representatives???

    2) a tradesperson is assessed at NVQ level 3 is this person not competent to perform their duties to the information provided via management???

    3) who will compose this overarching body to improve competence levels,
    will they have relevant site experience to match???

    4) Has Dame Hackitt relevant site experience to pass comment???

  9. This report needs much wider scope the regulatory framework for all building works needs to be more rigorous not just high rise new build residential.

  10. Seems like the JCA group is another patch to fill the lack of implementation in the CDM Regulations. If the regulations were adhered to there should be no need for a patch. Like all the other short term .orgs who says they are going to do what is says on the can or will it be another 2 years down the line they are gone but well financed.

  11. 1.On what basis was the 10-storey limit reached for a building to be classed as a HRRB?
    Why not 7 storeys, or 14, or……..?

  12. My tower block has been rebuilt. It’s not fire safe anymore.

    Who can help me a long leaseholder.


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