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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.

Bishop of Crediton

Met Office Posted on Sun, July 03, 2016 08:10:30

Email sent – 12/06/2016 08:00

Bishop Of Crediton

Dear Sirs

I understand your remit of Bishop covers several schools in
Crediton and surrounding area.

I have reason to believe that
these schools have not been provisioned with any Lightning Risk Assessment, which I am sure you will recognize as dangerous. Could you please look
into this matter for me.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

A Lightning Strike Accident waiting to happen

Met Office Posted on Sun, May 19, 2013 08:20:53

Just look at this building and the steel involved; just waiting for a lightning strike.

Vince Cable, will he act?

Met Office Posted on Sun, May 05, 2013 18:12:12

Ministerial Correspondence Unit
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
1 Victoria Street

Attn Rt Hon Vince Cable

Dear Mr Cable

I write to you in your official capacity of Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills because I understand your remit covers the Met Office. In the event your office does not included the Met Office, please pass this message to the appropriate oversight authority.

There is prima facia evidence in the public domain that the Met Office HQ in Exeter is unsafe and unfit for purpose because it has not been provisioned with adequate Lightning Protection System or Lightning Risk Assessments.

This is most disconcerting and could result in serious injury or death to staff & visitors and cause untold financial damage to public assets i.e., building and communication IT equipment etc.

There is also evidence in the public domain that the Met Office FOIA Team are currently in contempt of Court via their failure to follow an ICO Judgement and evidence that they are conspiring to wilfully circumvent the FOIA by falsely claiming National Security clauses. However, these are secondary issues; my main concern is for public safety which, in my view, has been wilfully compromised.

I have brought such matters to the attention of the Met Office CEO Mr John Hirst and I am awaiting a response from him at this juncture.

However, I consider the matter at the Met Office to be SO SERIOUS, I call upon you for a Face to Face Meeting to discuss this matter please.May I suggest early next week.

This letter is not intended to be scurrilous or hectoring; it is written in good faith to avert a catastrophe.

At this juncture, the Met Office public Liability insurance could be revoked in the event the Met Office HQ Building takes a direct hi by lightning, God-forbid!

I look forward to your response.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Another Victory for Alan Dransfield

Met Office Posted on Thu, April 11, 2013 16:46:13

The Met Office told Mr Dransfield his request for evidence of Lighning Protection Systems was refused on the grounds of national security! Fortunately, he has had this ludicrous decision overturned by the Information Commission, who is this case acted sensibly.