Thursday, April 06, 2006

Evacuation Plan a Critical Component of Fire Safety

The importance of fire safety when planning a safety program ...

"While workplace fire-prevention measures have improved drastically since 146 garment workers died in blaze at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York City in 1911, when it comes to fire safety, employers still need to be vigilant and prepared to deal with the unexpected – which means having a viable evacuation plan, one expert says.

David Gold, an occupational safety and health expert with the International Labor Organization, points to the evacuation of the World Trade Center complex on Sept. 11 as an example of the importance of having a viable evacuation plan. While some 4,000 workers in the twin towers died that day, Gold, in the most recent edition of "ILO Online," noted that more than 25,000 lives were saved there because of an effective evacuation plan.

"Where a large number of workers are concerned, it is not possible to evacuate the working areas in a timely manner without an evacuation plan," Gold said."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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