Construction Industry / Hot Works Fires

FOI Number: FOI23091

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Published on 16 August 2023

WMFS OFFICIAL – NEW – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI23091 

Ref: FOI/23091 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

The number of fires in the construction industry (buildings under construction) in 2022/23. 

Reply 

13 

Request 

The number of fires caused by hot works in the construction industry in 2022/23. 

Reply 

We do not have ‘hot works’ as a source of ignition, the only relevant source we have is ‘Welding / Cutting equipment’. Only 1 fire of the 13 was caused by Welding / Cutting equipment. 

Request 

The main causes of hot works incidents in the construction industry. 

Reply 

The cause recorded for the one incident recorded was “Combustible articles too close to heat source (or fire)”. 

Request 

The number of injuries and fatalities caused by hot work incidents in the construction industry. 

Reply 

No injuries or fatalities recorded.  

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