Under construction, at risk: NFPA 241 is critical to protecting vulnerable construction sites

On 29 April 2020, 38 people died when a fire tore through a four-storey warehouse under construction in South Korea. The blaze occurred in Icheon, about 50 miles south-east of the capital city of Seoul, and was the third devastating…

Universal fire-safety problems need a globalised response

There’s nothing like watching a room flash over to make you realise how quickly a fire can turn deadly. As a young engineer at the Danish Institute of Fire Technology, I had many opportunities to witness this first-hand; I often…

Learning from assembly occupancy tragedies

On 4 December 2009, partygoers packed the Lame Horse, a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm, to celebrate the club’s eighth anniversary. Then, in an instant, fire broke out and chaos ensured. Details of the incident were captured in…

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