Joint call for deregulation halt after Grenfell Tower fire by safety bodies
In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, more than 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK’s safety and health profession, including IOSH, the British Safety Council and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, have asked her to “scrap the government’s approach to health and safety deregulation and think again”.
The Grenfell Tower fire began 14 June 2017 and burned for nearly 24 hours, resulting in a high number of casualties and severe damage to the building, a 24-storey, 220-foot (70 m) high tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington, west London, England.
The Metropolitan Police Service has said that 74 people are missing and presumed dead, while a further five dead persons have been formally identified, bringing the presumed total number of deaths to 79 – the deadliest fire in mainland Britain in more than 100 years.
Emergency services received the first report of the fire at 00:54 local time and it burned for around 24 hours until finally extinguished. Initially hundreds of firefighters and 45 fire engines were involved in efforts to control the fire, with many firefighters continuing to attempt to control pockets of fire on the higher floors after most of the rest of the building had been gutted. Residents of surrounding buildings were evacuated due to concerns that the tower could collapse, though the building was later determined to be structurally sound.