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Clearwater Safety Group Limited provide professional but realistic business risk management advice to SME’s across East and West Sussex and Hampshire, through Surrey into South London and over into Essex and Kent.

We have four divisions:

Clearwater safety Clearwater fire Clearwater events Clearwater business

Clearwater Safety specialises in general health & safety which includes construction, CDM and training.

Clearwater Fire carries out Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Management Strategies, determines alarm equirements and associated activities.

Clearwater Events help organisers of public events with their safety management, including working with SAG’s.

Clearwater Business works with directors to create business continuity or disaster recovery plans.

The Clearwater Safety Group firmly believes that the management and control of risks belong at the very core of all business activities. Looking after the health and well-being of your staff makes sound business sense – less time off due to sickness or injuries, no need to train replacement staff, and no fines or compensation payments. Planning for the unexpected is looking after your business.

 

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Clearwater Safety specialises in general health & safety which includes construction, CDM and training.Clearwater Fire carries out Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Management Strategies, determines alarm requirements and associated activities. Clearwater Events help organisers of public events with their safety management, including working with SAG’s. Clearwater Business works with directors to create business continuity or disaster recovery plans. The Clearwater Safety Group firmly believes that the management and control of risks belong at the very core of all business activities. Looking after the health and well-being of your staff makes sound business sense – less time off due to sickness or injuries, no need to train replacement staff, and no fines or compensation payments. Planning for the unexpected is looking after your business.

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£14.8m cost for ‘disastrous’ failings in falling window pane case

Construction firm Lendlease has been ordered to pay out £14.8m by the High Court after a London city tower was forced to be reclad for a second time because of falling glass panes on to the street below.

The ruling ends a long legal battle surrounding the former London Stock Exchange tower, now known as 125 Old Broad Street, where on one occasion a 15ft plate glass window fell from the 17th floor onto a busy street just missing office workers.

In total, 17 plate glass windows failed on the 26-storey tower forcing its owner to pay to reclad the building, just four years after Lendlease had completed its original renovation project.

Handing down his judgment last week, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith described the project’s failings as “disastrous”.
Glazing failures

Lendlease first carried out the extensive redevelopment of 125 Old Broad Street under a two-year design and build contract, completing in 2008.

Between then and 2012, the building suffered 17 spontaneous glazing failures due to nickel sulphide levels in the glass. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured by falling glass, but the building had to be cloaked in scaffolding to protect the public.

Owners Hammerson, the Bank of Ireland and GE Real Estate then took the decision to pay for the building to be reclad with a new glass curtain walling system in 2013.

The judge said that Lendlease had failed to ensure it had the sufficient documents to prove the glazing supplied had been properly heat-treated to prevent failure.
Not treated properly

He said: “I find as a fact that a substantial proportion of the glass that was used on 125 OBS, probably in the region of 35-40% though possibly more, was not heat soaked in accordance with the requirements of the contract.

“If it had all been heat soaked properly, there would probably have been either no breakages or one breakage.”

Around £8.7m of the £14.7m award covers the reglazing cost, with other remedial works and financing charges making up the balance.
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A care home company in Cheshire has been fined £50,000 after admitting to serious breaches of fire safety regulations, reports ITV.

Four Seasons (No 9) Ltd plead guilty to two breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, at its Cypress Court Care Home.

An audit was completed on the premises in 2016 following a complaint from a relative of a resident.

Upon inspection, deficiencies were found relating to compartmentation, means of fire detection and warning, means of escape, and evacuation procedures were found, putting the lives of people at risk.

Fire Mark Abram, protection manager at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, "The safety of people living, visiting and working in all premises such as this is of paramount importance.

“Establishments where people sleep and may need assistance to get out in the event of a fire are especially significant and fire safety must be treated as a priority.”

In a statement to ITV, Four Seasons Care Homes said: "The safety and wellbeing of the people in our care and of our staff is our foremost consideration and we regret that there were breaches of fire safety regulations at Cypress Court.

“These were identified during a routine inspection by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service in 2016 and have all been rectified to their satisfaction.

“There was no fire and Cheshire Fire Authority did not consider the situation serious enough to warrant restriction on using any part of the home while the improvements were completed.

"We accept responsibility, but it is important to explain the context. The home was purpose built in 1996 and complied with relevant building regulations. Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service had inspected the premises on a number of previous occasions, including a Fire Safety Audit in 2012. There had been no material change to the building nor its use in the years to 2016 when fire safety deficiencies were identified for the first time.

"It is accepted that there was no element of the company putting ‘profit before safety’ in this case. This was an isolated historical event. We have invested heavily in fire risk management and improvement works.

“Prior to 2016, we had already engaged specialist contractors to carry out a detailed fire risk assessment of each of our homes. Cypress Court was scheduled to be assessed and the deficiencies would have been identified and rectified.

“However, the Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service carried out their inspection prior to our scheduled assessment."
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A man from Kings Lynn, Lincolnshire, has been slapped with a huge £75,000 fine for a string of serious fire safety breaches.

Mr Paul Turner was ordered to pay the fine after being convicted of five fire safety, and eight housing offences.

The fire safety breaches included:

Failing to review the fire risk assessment
Escape routes not adequately protected in case of fire
Locked fire exit
Blocked fire escape route
Dangerous and inadequate electrical installation

When fire and council officers visited the property in early 2016, they found at least 18 occupants, including two very young children at the property.

Mr Turner denied he was running an HMO, but said it was a hotel with paying guests. He did not have a licence to operate an HMO and the premises were not of a suitable standard to operate as a hotel.

Dan Moss, prevention and protection manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: “Landlords have a responsibility to keep their tenants safe from fire and if they are ignoring those responsibilities and putting people at risk, we will not hesitate to prosecute.

When officers visited the property in February, they found at least 18 people living there, with two very young children aged one and two - we needed to take immediate action to ensure their safety.

“The penalty imposed on Mr Turner is a clear reminder to landlords that the court’s take safety as seriously as we do and the penalties for not doing are severe.”
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Hotel fined after fire safety offences

A hotel in Golders Green has been fined £20,000 for fire safety offences, including the absence of smoke alarms and emergency lighting.

The Hoop Lane Trust, which owns The Central Hotel, on Hoop Lane, North London, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. London Fire Brigade was also awarded costs of £15,000.

LFB fire safety inspectors visited the 24 room hotel following a small fire in its 13 bedroom annexe on 16 June 2013. They discovered a number of fire safety issues, including:

no evidence of fire risk assessment
no smoke alarms or smoke detectors
inadequate fire doors
no emergency lighting
no evacuation procedures in place

An Enforcement Notice was issued by the Brigade in July 2013 but subsequent visits found that the work required to address the fire safety failures had not been completed.

Speaking after the prosecution, LFB’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: “Although the fire at the hotel was relatively small, the safety failures our inspectors uncovered could have easily led to a much more serious incident.

“The Trust had a responsibility to protect those working at and visiting their premises from fire but by ignoring those responsibilities, they potentially put people’s lives at serious risk.

“While we are keen to work with building owners to help them meet their safety responsibilities we won’t hesitate to prosecute if we find they are persistently breaking fire safety laws.”
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Clearwater Safety Group are now offering Event Safety Management services to event organisers whether it's a concert on the beach or in the park, a beer or rock 'n roll themed festival, a sports event or anything else.

Before you submit your safety plan to the Local Authority, we can work with you to make sure that we have considered all the possible issues that could arise and have put control measures in place, either to prevent any adverse occurrence or to manage things if they do go awry.

Don't be caught out like the Lions in Devizes...
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Three company directors jailed following warehouse death
Three company directors have been sent to jail following the death of a man who fell while working at a warehouse in Essex.

Nikolai Valkov, 63, died in hospital after falling through the roof of a warehouse in Harlow on 13 April 2015.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Koseoglu Metalworks Ltd admitted an offence of corporate manslaughter and its sole director, Kadir Kose, admitted an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA).

Ozdil Investments Ltd denied corporate manslaughter and a HSWA offence but was convicted following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court. Two of its directors, Firat Ozdil and Ozgur Ozdil, were convicted of a HSWA offence.

At the court, Firat Ozdil was jailed for one year, Ozgur Ozdil for 10 months and Kose for eight months.

The court heard how Ozdil Investments Ltd was the owner of the warehouse in question, called Ozdil House, where the roof needed repairs.

Both the Health and Safety Executive and Harlow District warned the company about the dangers involved in the repair work and specifically the need for safety measures such as netting to be put in place.

Despite this, Firat Ozdil and Ozgur Ozdil paid their friend Kose and his company Koseoglu Metalworks Ltd to carry out the work without netting or other safety measures.

The court heard Koseoglu Metalworks Ltd had no experience of roofing work and the fee paid by the Ozdils was approximately £100,000 less than a recognised roofing contractor would have charged.

Kose did not carry out a risk assessment at the site and sent staff employed by his company onto the roof without training.

While working on the roof, Mr Valkov stepped onto a discoloured skylight and fell to his death.

Luke Bulpitt, from the CPS, said: “By ignoring the safety measures they knew were required, the Odzils and their company risked the lives of everyone working on the roof in an attempt to save money.

“Kadir Kose and Koseoglu Metalworks undertook the work to the roof without taking any appropriate safety steps, gambling with the lives of their employees.

“Faced with the evidence against him, Kose and Koseoglu Metalworks admitted their guilt but the Ozdils and their company contested the charges. However, having heard the compelling case put forward by the prosecution, the jury returned guilty verdicts. Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Valkov.”
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