Roger Barrett, technical and commercial director at Star Events, spoke to members of Westminster City Council about the latest developments in temporary structure safety.
The council’s licensing, building control and health and safety departments were keen to hear Barrett’s examples of good and bad practice, coming after several international stage collapses, including a Toronto Radiohead concert in 2012.
Star Events provides the only official training of local authority inspectors of temporary structures in the UK, based at the Emergency Planning College in North Yorkshire.
“I know Roger’s expertise,” said Alan Lynagh, senior licensing surveyor at Westminster. “He’s the voice of sanity…I’m keen to formalise the arrangement and get him back for more of these talks.”
Barrett also outlined the potential impact of the Health and Safety Executive’s proposed amendments to the Construction Design & Management (CDM) Regulations, which are out now for public consultation.
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