Putting out fires in work

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BOSSES are being urged to take more care to throw the dampener on fires in the workplace.

St John Ambulance is calling for businesses to do more to cut down on the number of people killed or injured during blazes in the workplace.

In 2010-11, 19 people across the UK died in workplace fires and a further 1,2000 were injured – a three per cent increase.

St John Ambulance runs fire marshal courses for businesses across the North East and has set up an online calculator – sja.org.uk/fmcalculator – to enable employers to assess how many trained fire marshals they need to protect staff and property.

Fred Owen, regional training manager, said: “At St John Ambulance we are all about preventing unnecessary deaths and while we regularly do this by equipping people with life saving first aid skills.

“We also want to guard against loss of life by educating people in how to avoid fires occurring. It’s shocking to think that lives are being lost and people potentially being injured due simply to a lack of planning in the work place.”

Staff from Sunderland-based Vantec Europe Ltd, a major supplier to Nissan, were recently put through their fire marshal paces by St John Ambulance trainer Ian Bell.

Details of courses across Sunderland and Durham can be found at www.sja.org.uk/training or by phoning 0844 324 5535.