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HSE Issues Maintenance Warning

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The Health & Safety Executive have reminded Councils, Councillors and Chief Executives of the importance of carrying out prompt and effective repairs to communal areas of their properties.

The reminder comes after the death of a 13 year old boy on a stairwell which was in an unsafe condition in a building managed by the London Borough of Newham.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Section 3 (1) states ‘It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.’

All landlords who have communal areas in their buildings have a duty of care to ensure these areas are safe for all who have access to them.

Things to think about include keeping stairwells clear of any rubbish; ensuring there is adequate lighting, including emergency lighting; making the necessary repairs promptly; ensuring fire doors are working etc.

Refix can help ensure your communal areas are kept safe by making any necessary repairs, installing adequate lighting etc.

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