May 21 – Construction safety tests

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  • There will be fire drills on the dates mentioned. They are for the workforce only.
  • You will hear alarms, but you do not need to do anything.
  • Do not be worried. If there is a real fire, the fire marshals will alert you.
  • You can come and go as normal.


Letter Text

Dear Resident

As part of the programme of works, it is important that we keep our residents and our workforce safe. One important part of this is fire safety.

As part of our approach to safety, the construction workers need to be prepared to raise the alarm in the event of a fire and evacuate safely.

In order to check their systems are working they need to do some test evacuations. Residents will not need to be involved, but may well notice the exercise taking place. There is no cause for alarm. In the event of a real fire, the waking watch will raise the alarm as normal.

The evacuation exercises will take place on the following dates:

Spruce and Thorn: 26th May 2021, 15th August 2021, 17th November 2021, 23rd February 2022

Salix, Malus, Beech, Hornbeam, Whitebeam: 23rd June 2021, 22nd September 2021, 15th December 2021, 3rd March 2022

Plane & Holm: 21st July, 20th October 2021, 26th January, 27th April 2022

During the evacuations the following will happen:

An alarm will sound within the construction site (NOT the main building alarms) for up to 13 minutes.

The workforce will evacuate as if there was a fire, but residents do not need to do so.

The mast-climbers will all lower to ground floor level

The workforce will gather at assembly points outside and be checked off – you will see this, but you do not need to do anything.

During this time you will be able to come in and out of the building and use the lifts as normal.

We hope this won’t cause you any distress, If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Yours sincerely

Stephen Sloane

Resident Liaison Coordinator

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Further Detail

This letter has been issued following discussions with PTOL Project Management.

Please note that this applies ONLY to construction personell. You do not have to follow this. 

Their procedure for the dates is as follows:

  • To be conducted on the following days
    • Spruce and Thorn – 26th May, 15th August, 17th November, 23rd February 2022
    • Salix, Malus, Beech, Hornbeam & Whitebeam – 23rd June, 22nd September, 15th December, 23rd March 2022
    • Plane & Holm – 21st July, 20th October, 26th January 2022, 27th April 2022
  • The on site alarm is to be activated (construction site only).
  • A member of the management team is to be positioned by the reset point ready to reset the construction site sounders to prevent building alarm activation.
  • A fire warden is to go immediately to the Assembly point/s.
  • The fire warden at the assembly point should have a list of personnel on site that day.
  • All site personnel are to report to their designated assembly point.
  • Site manages will conduct observation of the Mast Climbersto ensure response (mast beginning to travel down) by mast climber personnel.
  • A role call is to be taken by each Trade Contractor and communicated promptly to the PTOL fire warden either to confirm all their personnel are accounted for, or if somebody is missing, details of the last location of work should be provided if known
  • All personnel to be accounted for by the PTOL fire warden at the assembly point.
  • The site attendance should then be passed to the fire and rescue service upon arrival by the senior PTOL fire warden detailing any missing personnel and their last work location if known.
  • All site personnel should report to assembly point within 5mins (mast climber personnel 10mins).
  • No person shall re-enter the site until clearance given by senior management team.
  • The construction site alarm is to be reset upon confirmation that all staff have presented at the assembly point/s or after 13 minutes from the alarm activation whichever is sooner.
  • A post evacuation meeting is to be conducted within 24Hrs to discuss the evacuation performance to identify issues and look for improvements.
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