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HSE Safety Alert



RISKS TO OCCUPIERS FROM THE INSTALLATION OF MODULAR, STONE AND ARTIFICIAL STONE FIREPLACE SURROUNDS

 

A safety alert has been issued to alert designers, manufacturers and suppliers of stone or artificial stone fireplace surrounds of the need to:

 

  provide adequate fixings and fixing options;

 

  provide detailed instructions on their safe assembly; and

 

  alert installers of the need to ensure they are safely installed so as to prevent subsequent failure and potential fatal injuries.

 

This safety alert follows several instances where heavy stone components forming part of a modern fireplace surround have fallen causing damage and injury.

 

The incidents have happened because the fireplaces were not securely, mechanically fixed in place.

 

In two, separate accidents this type of incident resulted in the death of two young children.



Info Bite 117
July 2013