Fire at work

50% of construction workers would not know what to do in the event of a fire at work

New research has revealed half of construction workers (51%) would not know what to do in the event of a fire at work.

An earlier study in 2023 conducted by IronmongeryDirect found almost nine in ten (85%) UK tradespeople would not know how to react if they encountered a fire at work.

This latest study, commissioned by Phoenix Health & Safety, surveyed 1,500 participants UK-wide.

It aimed to uncover how well they understand fire hazards in the workplace.

Each year there are around 22,000 workplace fires around the UK.

Therefore, this highlights the importance of having adequate fire safety knowledge.

Phoenix Health & Safety has gathered insightful data to understand if UK Construction Workers would know what actions to take in the event of a fire.

What’s more, it also highlights how businesses should take action to reduce the risk of fire-related workplace incidents.  

Overall, the study found that around half of construction workers (51%) would not know what to do in the event of a fire at work.

The study also found two-thirds (66%) of construction workers would not be able to locate their fire safety assembly point.

Plus, only around 6% have had a fire safety drill in their workplace in the past year.

As well as this, barely over a quarter could state who the fire officers in their workplace are. 

Only around a fifth of construction workers (20%) said they would know which fire extinguisher to use to put out fires on different types of materials. 

Nick CEO of Phoenix Health & Safety says: “It is the responsibility of organisations and their appointed persons with fire safety responsibility to ensure that all fire safety regulations are adhered to and a culture of following the rules is ingrained in the workplace, but it is also the responsibility of employees themselves to ensure the regulations are followed.

“Managers and supervisors who want to attain the necessary knowledge and skills to manage fire hazards can take a relevant fire safety course to get accredited, such as the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety.

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