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Survey reveals failings in UK workplace fire safety

03 August 2017

Results from a survey conducted by legal business Hugh James has revealed worrying levels of fire safety in UK workplaces.

Responses from 2,000 full- and part-time workers in the UK showed that 16% had not taken part in a fire drill in the previous 12 months, despite the fact that this is a workplace health and safety regulation clearly defined by the government.

No training on what to do in the event of a fire in the workplace was reported by 46% of respondents, who had also not received advice on health and safety policies, according to the report by

A further 42% of respondents said they could not remember when workplace fire doors had been inspected, while 28% could not recall when fire extinguishers had been checked.

With 89% stating that they took health and safety in the workplace seriously, the results seem to show a different picture to the reality.

This was further emphasised by 36% stating they did not where their workplace accident log book was located.

The survey included responses from 970 managers and 21% stated that health and safety protocols had not been followed after employee injuries and accidents.

Hugh James partner Mark Harvey said the survey showed a lack of knowledge by both employees and managers over health and safety legislation and more understanding is required to make sure everyone understands their responsibilities.

Recognising the recent Health and Safety Executive report showing a downward trend in fatal and non-fatal injuries as "really positive", he said employers and managers should "truly report what is happening in the workplace".

"We therefore urge companies to put real emphasis on providing the right health and safety training to employees to avoid future misconduct," he said. 

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