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Fire Safety Aspects of Scaffolding Across Public Access Staircases




Scaffolding is important in building construction and refurbishment. However, it must not block the public access, particularly those which might be useful for emergency. An example of poor fire safety management with a scaffold erected along public access in a residential estate of Hong Kong was presented. Such erection would lead to possible violation of at least three local fire codes of practice. Blocking public access would lead to hazardous consequences. In addition to affecting evacuation strategy in fire, challenges from Means of Escape, Means of Access and Fire Service Installations Codes are possible. Fire safety management should be implemented to ensure proper housekeeping.


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2022-09-07 — Updated on 2022-09-16