Roofing Work News Roundup – September, 2017
Here at D-marc we’re in the business of making work at height, namely roofing work, safer with our innovative rooftop barrier solutions. As such, we keep a close eye on the news for stories about roof work and working at height in general so that we can provide our readers with useful and relevant information that will keep them up to date with what’s going on in our industry. Once a month, we’ll publish a roundup of the news that affects our sector in one easy place so that readers can get a quick overview of the most important happenings over the past month. If you have anything to add or know of any stories that you’d like us to cover, please don’t hesitate to let us know, either by email, on our Facebook Page or on our Twitter feed.
The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) is running a campaign which aims to significantly reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches, either to dry out roofs or when installing torch-on membranes. The Safe2Torch campaign ties in with the Health and Safety Executive’s “Helping Great Britain Work Well” strategy which promotes a healthier and safer working environment. NFRC believes that those who create risks have a responsibility to manage those risks and the Safe2Torch campaign is designed to ensure that all fire risks are identified at the survey stage and factored into the specification. This means that where a fire risk has been identified (or cannot be ruled out), then the relevant pats of that specification must default to torch-free solutions. We’ll take a more detailed look at this over the coming weeks.
A protestor has been found guilty of harassment and refusing to leave a property after a bizarre episode in which he climbed onto the flat roof at the home of Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson. The defendant who refused to come down for two days, despite being ordered to do so by police in attendance at the scene, claims he did so in order to have a meeting with the Minister as he was unhappy with the fact that his son was in foster care. The defendant was found guilty of both charges and will be sentenced on October 13th.
Finally, staff at a Falmouth pub were baffled to find buckets of dead jelly fish on the pub’s flat roof. The Portuguese Man o’War sea creatures have been washing up on the beaches of Cornwall in unprecedented numbers in recent days, but they’ve never before been seen visiting the local hostelries for their favourite tipple (port wine is the national drink in Portugal). Contrary to popular belief, Portuguese Man o’ War are a type of hydrozoan, rather than a jelly fish as staff learned when they got in touch with Marine Conservation Society (MSC). The mystery was solved when it was discovered that the tubs of hydrozoans were left on the roof by a research student who lives in a nearby flat. She’d collected them for coursework and had planned to dispose of them safely (they’re venomous and need to be disposed of with care) once she’d finished with them.