Annually, within the UK, on average 30 people die and 2,000 are seriously injured as a result of fires in the work place. Besides the loss of life the damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and insurance premiums cost the economy over £ 6 billion. It can be the end for small businesses as 75% of businesses that have a fire within the first year of trading never trade again.
As part of the commitment to reduce fire deaths, injuries and the damage caused by fire the Government is changing fire safety legislation. This section advises on the changes in legislation and other aspects of safety at work.
The HSE Website provides more detailed information about health and safety at work.