Glass company calls for better education and enforcement

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One of the UK’s leading advanced glazing system suppliers has called for better education and enforcement in the industry in the wake of a fraud trial in Northern Ireland.

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Tim Kempster, managing director, Wrightstyle
Wrightstyle, which supplies its systems internationally, says that many people involved in the specification, supply, and installation of fire-rated glazing systems do not have the appropriate technical skills.
 
That Ulster court case saw a glass company fraudster jailed last month for supplying ordinary laminated glass as fire-resistant glass. The fake glass was supplied to dozens of victims across Ulster, the Republic of Ireland, and the rest of Britain. Among his dozens of unwitting clients were hospitals and primary schools, all of whom, at considerable cost, will have to make good his wrongdoing. The police officer in charge said that “the potential loss of life in this case cannot be underestimated.”
 
Wrightstyle is a specialist in the development, testing and supply of fire-resistant glazing systems for internal and external applications. The company’s managing director, Tim Kempster, said that his “overwhelming feeling is one of sadness rather than outrage because many issues of fire safety are still badly understood by too many specifiers in the building industry.
 
“The Northern Ireland case was one of criminal fraud, but what about the less deliberate omissions in fire safety that could have the same catastrophic consequences in the event of a serious fire? 
 
“It’s an interlinked series of issues where we’ve tried to raise awareness, because some of the technical aspects of fire-rated glazing systems are complex – and too many designers, contractors and buil...







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