Incident directory

1960 - Allen & Hanburys

26/11/1960

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Description

Date of event

26th November 1960.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premises

Allen & Hanburys.

Location

Ware, Hertfordshire.

Service area

Hertfordshire Fire Brigade (HFB) now Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire & Fall from height.

Property type

Factory used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

Premises use

Industrial.

Construction type and materials

Unknown at this time.

Occupancy

Unknown at this time.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown location however believed to be caused by accidental ignition from hot work involving Oxy-Acetylene cutting equipment.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A Leading Firefighter (LFf) died on the 27th November 1960, due to the injuries sustained following a fall from a factory first floor external gantry at an incident (House & Settle, 2016).

Hertfordshire Fire Brigade (HFB) had been called to a fire on the 26th November 1960, within a large building used for milk processing that had been in the process of being stripped of its machinery prior to replacement by more modern machines. Hot work involving Oxy-Acetylene cutting equipment was believed to have started the fire. The LFf was at the time of the accident on an internal cat-walk when a heavy steam pipe collapsed, which struck him in the chest causing him to fall onto the concrete floor below. Injuries sustained included a fractured sternum, spine, some ribs and a punctured lung (Unknown Author, 1961).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

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Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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Hertfordshire Constabulary Incident Report/s

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East of England Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc and/or Related Government Correspondence

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

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Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2017). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance [online]. Available at; http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note. With the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Unknown Author. (1961). Two more fire-fighters die at fires. Fire. (February). Page 538.

 

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Service learning material

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