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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

Nuclear sites/Oil Gas Refineries – lightning protection failures

Lightning Protection Posted on Sun, June 11, 2017 08:20:13

Email sent – 06/06/2017 05:41

Attn of the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister

Please see the following
article which confirms my concerns and fears for sub-standard scam lightning protection, which has been installed on UK nuclear sites
and oil and gas refineries in the UK. The Office of the Nuclear Regulator
(ONR) and the HSE are fully aware of my concerns, but they are
both satisfied that such scam lightning designs are adequate for public protection. It is fairly obvious to me that both the ONR and the HSE are
turning a blind eye to serious H&S irregularities and anomalies
regarding Lightning Protection System.

I call for a full, forensic investigation into my allegation that scam Lightning Protection is being
approved nationwide in the UK by the HSE and ONR.

Your Secretary of State for the
HSE, Penny Mordaunt, is fully aware of this situation but has chosen to
turn a willful blind eye.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Saudi Aramco

Lightning Protection Posted on Sun, June 11, 2017 07:41:46

Email sent – Wed 07/06/2017 20:19

Saudi Aramco

Anti Fraud Manager

Dear Mr Dressler

You will recall I alerted you that scam lightning
protection had been installed on Saudi Aramco Facilities two years

Please see the following article from the Institute of
Lightning Engineers about DAS/CTS. This article confirms the DAS/CTS are, in
essence, a Scam Lightning Protection System. Hence all Saudi Aramco Oil
and Gas Facilities which have had the DAS/CTS installed are sub standard
and unsafe. As you are well aware, I am a former Saudi Aramco pipeline engineer
and I reported this scam/fraud over a decade ago. I would be most grateful if
you would elevate this matter to the Saudi Aramco CEO.

In the mean time, I will alert the Saudi Arabian Ambassador
to this urgent matter.

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield

Olympic Stadium still unsafe

Lightning Protection Posted on Sun, February 26, 2017 07:49:59

Email sent – 22/02/2017 06:04

Attn the London Assembly

Ladies and Gentlemen of the
London Assembly

I wish to inform the London
Assembly (LA) that the New Olympic Stadium (NOS) is unsafe and unfit for purpose
because it has not been provisioned with adequate Lightning Protection System
Safety (LPSS) and is non-compliant to the BS-EN 62305/2008.

Over the past 2/3 year period I
have alerted all the oversight authorities on the stadium including the Mayor’s
Office, London Legacy Authority (LLA)and UK Sports Stadium Safety Authority and
to date all of these have turned a willful blind eye.

The principle contractor, Balfour Beatty, is fully aware of
this serious safety matter, but has also turned a willful blind eye and claimed
they have bonafide Lightning Protection Certificates (LPC) for the stadium. I
can confirm I have had sight of such LPC’s but I can also confirm such
LPC are fraudulent.

My allegations can be be
verified by a simple 10 minute ocular inspection of the roofing materials which
are non-metallic, hence, of zero electrical conductivity value for the
dissipation of lightning strikes/charges. In order for the lightning
protection to work effectively on this stadium all the roof material shall be
metallic to conform with BS-EN 62305.

A simple, 5 minute ocular inspection of the project Lightning Risk Assessment document will confirm the playing area, track and a large percentage of the stadium area was not protected with any Lightning Protection System.
Balfour Beatty claim that the Stadium has a Farraday Cage principle
Lightning Protection System in place. More like a birdcage.

The worst case scenario if the stadium is struck by lightning during an event is several hundred or thousands could be seriously injured or killed. The roof design and manufacture would not withstand a heavy snowfall either.

To compound matters further, the crowd capacity for this stadium stands at
35.000 at this juncture, which is regularly surpassed. See the Crowd Capacity
Certificate issued by Newham Council. The Lightning Protection has been
willfully and knowingly compromised by Balfour Beatty as a cost cutting exercise
to limit the Roof Steel Design. Most second grade school children will confirm
that Roofing Material can be used in Lieu of Lightning Finnial but they must be metallic. A quick perusal of the all the roofing material will confirm they are
PVC /Polycarbon which has zero electrical conductivity.

It is, therefore, hardly surprising the stadium budget has
gone through the roof. So will the lightning because there is nothing to arrest
it. My synopsis of these LPS failures and irregularities are supported
by one of the World’s finest lightning experts in the US, and I can forward
his contact details if you so wish.

I call upon the London Assembly
to alert HM The Queen and to ensure HM the Queen and other royal member resist
attending any function at the New Olympic Stadium. I have also serious concerns
for the remaining structure in the Olympic Park. Balfour Beatty are
notorious scoundrels for cheating on Lightning Protection Measures. I have
included the Balfour Beatty National Safety Manager Mr conductivity valves of PVC/Polycarbon.

In short, the Olympic Stadium is a lightning catastrophe timebomb and public safety has been knowingly and willfully compromised.

For your information, action and

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Lightning doesn’t cause fires, who’d have known it?

Lightning Protection Posted on Sun, July 03, 2016 08:09:10

Email sent – 12/06/2016 07:26

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

As you are aware, the Devon Fire Authority are under the illusion lightning doesn’t cause fires.

No person applying a right and
proper mind would make such a statement.

For your information action and

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Is Mr Bradshaw too busy with the Labour leadership issue to act?

Lightning Protection Posted on Sun, July 03, 2016 08:03:58

Email sent – 28/06/2016 06:26

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

Forches Primary School

As you are aware the 500 plus schools in Devon under the
Devon County Council remit have not been provisioned with any Lightning Risk

I have recently received a Risk
Assessment Schedule for this school along with the latest Lightning Protection
Test results.

The Lightning Test results
confirms the Lightning Protection System does NOT comply with the
BS/EN/ 62305/2011.

Their risk
assessment schedule also confirms the school has asbestos within the building
and does NOT include any reference to lightning.

I have to say that this
particular school is relying upon a generic Risk Assessment ref the Devon
County Council Education Authority ref their form RA03, which at best is unsafe and at worst, unlawful. Risk Assessment shall be site specific.

It must be assumed the other 500 plus schools are also
reliant upon generic risk assessment form RA03 for all risks. This is a very dangerous practice and I call upon my MP to call for a public inquiry
into all aspects of Health & Safety at Devon Schools.

For your information, action and files

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Concerns for public safety at Forches Cross School

Lightning Protection Posted on Sun, July 03, 2016 07:59:35

Email sent – 29/06/2016 07:00

Headmaster at Forches Cross

Dear Mr Wisken

Further to my earlier email expressing my concerns for the
public safety at your school.

I have just noticed another
serious anomaly on your Lightning Certificate .

In particular, your Certificate of 5/12/13
stated there were many items requiring bonding (ie
equipotentional ) and on the bottom of the sheet it stated (works
undertaken to address).

However, on your certificate
2014 and 2016 the Certificate claim this to be an OPEN ISSUE. Certificate for
2015 was not included.

In a nutshell Sir, your school appears to be deploying
teachers to undertake risk assessment for all facets which is a very dangerous
precedence; teachers teach, engineers and technicians conduct risk assessment.

It is fairly obvious from your LPS Certificates and Risk
Assessment Sheet RA 03 that your school and you in particular are failing
your duty of care to protect the children and staff at your school from lightning and other serious H&S issues, ie,Asbestos, Legionella, etc.

For the avoidance of doubt, I will attend your school
premises and point out these life threatening faults free of charge.

For your information, action and files

Yours sincerely

Alan Dransfield

Forches Cross School

Lightning Protection Posted on Wed, June 29, 2016 18:58:42

Email sent – Tue 28/06/2016 21:36

Attn The Governors

Dear Sirs

Please be advised your school is non compliant to
lightning regulations and has compromised safety of the pupils and teachers.

I have drawn this conclusion from recent Lightning Test
Records via the FOIA. I also believe your school are neglecting their duty of
care ref Risk Assessments in general.

I am able to discuss this matter further via this email.

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield

Ben Bradshaw MP – children’s lives matter

Lightning Protection Posted on Sun, June 05, 2016 07:50:26

From: alan
Date: Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 6:04 AM

Dear Mr Bradshaw

As we now enter the summer we
can expect more frequent thunderstorms.

Please see the BBC report ref the Lychett Minster
school fire caused by lightning a couple of years ago.

As you are aware, the Devon
County Council have failed their duty of care to ensure over 500 school under
their remit have been provisioned with any Lightning Risk Assessment.

Shall we wait for body bags before you do something?

For your information, action and

yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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