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Textile factory safety claims proceed to arbitration under the Bangladesh Accord

by Hogan Lovells on

In a landmark ruling by an arbitration tribunal last month, claims against two global fashion brands under the 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the “Bangladesh Accord“) were declared admissible and...more

You Should Know - October 2017

We Will Get Through This Together - Americans are hurting. First it was Hurricane Harvey slamming into Texas and Louisiana. Then Hurricane Irma chased thousands from their homes in Florida. Puerto Rico is still reeling...more

Fires in Buildings Under Construction, Renovation or Demolition Present Unique Subrogation Challenges

by Cozen O'Connor on

The most recent edition of the NFPA Journal, the Magazine of the National Fire Protection Association, highlights the unique dangers for large buildings under construction and renovation from significant fire damage to those...more

Alarming Trend Continues with Weymouth Condo Fire

by Zelle LLP on

Yet another under-construction residential complex nearing completion has been ravaged by fire, this time in the South Shore community of Weymouth, Massachusetts. In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, a four-alarm fire at...more

Fire Departments Across the Country Use Drones for Faster Response

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) are being sent out to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help fire departments in their rescue efforts. With this new tool, fire...more

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion -...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Attorney General has reiterated fire protection districts’ broad authority to enforce building standards and regulations disseminated by the State Fire Marshal, including for residential occupancies and...more

Dual Boston Blazes Prompt a New Look at Construction Risks

by Zelle LLP on

In recent weeks, massive conflagrations destroyed two Boston-area residential developments in the midst of construction — one in the city’s Ashmont neighborhood in Dorchester, the other in Waltham, a small but bustling city...more

The Fiery Risks of Fourth of July Fireworks

by Howard Ankin on

When Fourth of July fireworks don’t explode where and when they are supposed to, they can cause serious injuries, property damage, and even death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2015 was one of the most...more

New fire regulations in the UAE – are you compliant?

by Dentons on

The recent fire at Grenfell ?Tower in London acts as a stark reminder for our developer and contractor clients of the dangers of disregarding fire regulations....more

An Oldie but a Goodie: A Friendly Reminder About Firework Laws in Texas

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We covered firework laws several times in the past but it’s always a good reminder as we approach the Fourth of July weekend where fireworks are more than likely in your plans. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you should...more

Hoverboard Fire - A Tragedy that Should Not Have Happened

Tragedy recently struck a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania family when a fire caused by a recharging hoverboard consumed their home, killing a 3-year-old girl, injuring several others and almost bringing the structure to the ground....more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Hoverboard Suspected in Fatal Fire

by Wilson Elser on

Since our last blog post on lithium-ion batteries, there has been a report that a self-balancing scooter, known as a hoverboard, is the suspected cause for a March 10, 2017, fatal fire that occurred in Harrisburg,...more

Sounding the Alarm on Code Compliance Costs

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Most multifamily owners are familiar with reserve requirements for items such as fire alarms and alarm replacement. Yet those owners may be surprised to learn that complying with the latest fire code changes can jeopardize...more

San Bernardino County: Hey drone operators, if you fly, we can’t

This week the San Bernardino County issued a warning to drone operators: If you fly, we can’t. Just this year, several fire-fighting tanks have been diverted away from their targets in San Bernardino County due to the...more

IN Detail [In the Know]

by Cozen O'Connor on

IN numbers - 82 billion The expected amount, in U.S. dollars, generated for the U.S. economy by the first operational rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, known as Part 107. (Source:...more

New CMS Final Fire Safety Regulations

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its fire safety regulations governing certain Medicare and Medicaid participating health care providers. These include hospitals, critical access hospitals...more

When Truck Accidents Cause Fires

What happens when a large truck or big rig crashes and starts a fire, injuring innocent victims? Who is responsible for the damage caused? After the recent raging fire in Calabasas, where residents were forced to evacuate...more

CMS Finalizes Updated Fire Safety Standards for Health Care Facilities

by Reed Smith on

On May 4, 2016, CMS is publishing a final rule amending fire safety standards applicable to the following types of Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities: hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term...more

Bills To Update Fire Safety Code Requirements For Assisted Living Facilities Pending In Florida Legislature

The Florida Assisted Living Facilities Act requires the State Fire Marshall to use the 1994 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code to establish and enforce uniform fire safety standards...more

February 9, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 9, 1909, Pasquale Nigro was issued U.S. Patent No. 912,152 on a fire escape....more

Criminal negligence conviction for landlord who disregarded Fire Code violations, deceived fire inspector

by Dentons on

An appeal court has upheld the conviction of a landlord for criminal negligence causing death after numerous Fire Code violations led to a tenant’s death.  The case demonstrates that violations of duties under provincial...more

New Laws of 2016: New Contract Procedures

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

This article leads off a three week e-News series focusing on new laws that will impact special districts in 2016. Senate Bill 239 (Hertzberg), which establishes new procedures for contract approvals, begins the...more

Outcry for Mandating Sprinklers in New Homes Not Coming from the Public

by PretiFlaherty on

There’s nothing preventing anyone who owns, or is buying, a home from installing a sprinkler system to stop a fire in his castle. Have you ever known anyone who did that?...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) August 28, 2015

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The August 28, 2015 LEAN Email Blast contains information on the final rule regarding fire safety equipment, the new delegated underwriter approval process, the Green Lane, and the mortgage termination process, among other...more

You Really Need to be Keeping Up With Developments With the NFPA Combustible Dust Standards

by Fisher Phillips on

My friend and outstanding combustible dust (and more) expert Tim Myers of Exponent shared the following: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is set to publish the first edition of NFPA 652 Standard on...more

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