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Architect says sprinkler installation at Glasgow Hospital was used as an excuse to flout other buildings standards

Cost-cutting Credit: George Allison under CC BY-SA 4.0 An architect who helped design Scotland s largest hospital has warned that corners were cut in the construction of the 14-storey complex in the name of keeping down costs. Robert Menzies, now retired from his role at BMJ Architects, believes the installation of a sprinkler system in Glasgow s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has been used as an excuse for flouting other building standards. He says the complex, which includes a children s hospital, adult hospital and laboratory, lacks exit stairways and exceeds size limits on fire compartments, while a hose-reel for firefighters is too short and some fire doors open in the wrong direction.

Insulation panels used in Grenfell tower are also fitted to the hospital, although the health board has insisted they are safe. Menzies drew up the hospital s exemplar design which sets criteria that firms bidding for construction projects must meet as senior healthcare architect at BMJ. He says the construction contract was given to London-based Brookfield Multiplex in defiance of architects recommendations that a bid from Balfour Beatty be accepted on the basis of cost , he suspects. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? Robert Menzies, BMJ Architect We thought we would provide a monitoring role right through to completion of the actual build, in terms of where this is compliant and where it s not, so we were surprised to be told we were no longer required, Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times. I had read the winning bidder s fire strategy and it concerned me a lot. It was almost like they the health board didn t want us around asking questions. It was very odd.

Lack of stairways On the lack of stairways he said: They are supposed to provide three stairways minimum as an emergency escape route if there are more than 100 people per storey. In the adult tower, there are 112 patients per floor but only two stairways. They are only slightly over, but that s just the patients there are also staff and visitors. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? At least one fire compartment was too big in the original designs, says Menzies at least for the limit prescribed in Scotland, set at 1500sq, whereas it did meet the 2,000sq metre limit set in England. Pointing to the high failure rate of sprinklers in US hospitals 20% of which have had fires where sprinklers failed Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times that an over-reliance on sprinklers was foolish. If you re putting sprinklers in and you re saying a fire will never occur as a consequence, then why do you need escape stairs? Why do you need anything?

But what happens when the sprinkler system fails? They re not 100%. A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde did not dispute the veracity of Menzies claims, but pointed out that all buildings in the hospital complex were certified as compliant with Scottish fire safety and building standards by Glasgow City Council in 2015. Health Facilities Scotland also endorsed the hospital s fire strategy, he said. He said: It is important that everyone working in and coming to these world class facilities for healthcare know that we take fire safety extremely seriously and that there are heat/smoke detection and early warning fire alarm systems combined with automatic fire suppression sprinkler systems fitted in all areas. The hospitals are further protected by designated fire-fighting and fire evacuation lifts, as well as multiple fire escape stairwells. A spokeswoman for Brookfield Multiplex said: The final design met all the requirements of the building regulations and was signed off progressively through construction by Glasgow City Council s building control office.

Construction consultancy firm Currie & Brown has been appointed to verify the hospitals construction and certification process following the Grenfell blaze.

Private Officer Breaking News: Seattle hospital security officers …

Seattle WA Dec 24 2012 Man attacks two hospital guards. This morning just shortly after 4:00 a.m., Victim #1 and #2, both uniform security guards with Virginia Mason Hospital contacted the suspect who was screaming and banging on the doors (909 University Street) asking to be let in.The man refused their assistance and would not provide any information. When the security guards asked the man to leave, he attacked one of the guards, throwing several punches, striking the guard in the stomach.The suspect continued to fight and resist the guards as they tried to handcuff him.

One guard was able to apply one cuff on the suspect s arm. When she tried to apply the cuff to the suspect s second arm, he grabbed hold of her flashlight and hit the guard on the back of her head. The suspect continued to fight as he yelled, I m going to kill you!

The suspect was finally handcuffed and officers were called to the scene. The suspect was transported to the West Precinct for processing.Once at the Precinct the suspect continued his combative behavior. While being escorted to the transport van the suspect gave a back kick to the transporting officer who was standing behind him, striking the officer s thigh.

The officer was not injured. Other officers assisted with restraining the suspect. The suspect also tried to bite one of the officers.

When officers advised the suspect that he would be Tased, he gave up.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault- 3 counts.

Man arrested for assaulting two hospital security guards | SPD Blotter

Man attacks two hospital guards. This morning just shortly after 4:00 a.m., Victim #1 and #2, both uniform security guards with Virginia Mason Hospital contacted the suspect who was screaming and banging on the doors (909 University Street) asking to be let in.

The man refused their assistance and would not provide any information. When the security guards asked the man to leave, he attacked one of the guards, throwing several punches, striking the guard in the stomach.

The suspect continued to fight and resist the guards as they tried to handcuff him.

One guard was able to apply one cuff on the suspect s arm. When she tried to apply the cuff to the suspect s second arm, he grabbed hold of her flashlight and hit the guard on the back of her head. The suspect continued to fight as he yelled, I m going to kill you!

The suspect was finally handcuffed and officers were called to the scene.

The suspect was transported to the West Precinct for processing.

Once at the Precinct the suspect continued his combative behavior. While being escorted to the transport van the suspect gave a back kick to the transporting officer who was standing behind him, striking the officer s thigh. The officer was not injured.

Other officers assisted with restraining the suspect.

The suspect also tried to bite one of the officers.

When officers advised the suspect that he would be Tased, he gave up.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault- 3 counts

Security Guard Shot at New Fever's Restaurant in Prince Edward …

by wflo

Nov26

A New Fever s Restaurant and Lounge security guard was shot late Friday night in Prince Edward County.

Prince Edward Sheriff Wesley W.

Reed says in a press release that the incident was reported at about 11 PM Friday.

The victim was taken to Centra Southside Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released.

The suspect, twenty-three year old Buckingham County resident Antoine Bartee, was charged with four felony and two misdemeanor charges and is being held at Piedmont Regional Jail with no bond.

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Guard finds dead man in van outside Bangor hospital, police say …

Posted Nov.

19, 2012, at 11:16 a.m.
Last modified Nov.

19, 2012, at 11:48 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine Police found a deceased man in a van parked outside St.

Joseph Hospital early Sunday morning.

Police were dispatched to the hospital parking lot at 1:10 a.m.

Sunday after a security guard checking on an idling van saw an unconscious male in the back of the vehicle.

Rescue crews broke out a window to get inside the van, but found the occupant had died.

Bangor police Sgt.

Paul Edwards said Monday morning that the man s identity is being withheld while the department s Criminal Investigations Division and the state medical examiner s office investigate.

Some drug-related paraphernalia was found in the van and detectives are investigating to determine whether or not drugs played a role in the death, Edwards said.

Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.

Policemen shoot robbed banker, security guard … – Linda Ikeji's Blog

An employee of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Femi Badejo, and his security guard, Joshua Moses, were shot by policemen in Lagos on Saturday after they responded to a distress call about a robbery at the banker s home in Ikota area of the state. PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers had attacked Badejo and his neighbours around 4am and one of the neighbours made a distress call to the police, but by the time the policemen arrived about an hour later, the robbers had fled. Badejo said he and his neighbours were in the compound discussing what had transpired when the policemen stormed the building and started shooting sporadically. He is currently receiving treatment at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island. Badejo said, I live in a one-storey building and there are four tenants occupying the ground floor. Around 4am, armed robbers stormed our house. The robbers robbed all of us occupying the ground floor. They stole my clothes, money, phones and other valuables. While the robbery was ongoing, one of the tenants called Maroko Police Division. Badejo said after the robbers had fled, scores of policemen arrived at the house while one of them started shooting indiscriminately, adding that he was hit five times. He said, We (neighbours) were all inside the compound counting our losses when we heard a bang on the gate. Immediately the security guard opened, one of the policemen started shooting indiscriminately. The security guard was shot in the pelvis and in the back but the bullet pierced through his chest. I immediately took cover under a car but the policeman came to where I was and started shooting at me. Another policeman came behind me and shot. The first shot came through my feet and fractured my leg. Two shots grazed my thighs. Another shot went through my biceps and came out, while one went through my wrist. Badejo added that it took the intervention of the other neighbours as well as the Divisional Police Officer of the station to prevent him from being killed. Badejo and the injured guard were immediately rushed to the hospital. The guard was subsequently transferred to General Hospital, Broad Street, and then Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. He is said to be in a critical condition. One of our correspondents learnt that Badejo was scheduled to give a lecture at a summit organised by the bank on Saturday. According to a colleague who craved anonymity, the company executives were curious when he did not show up as scheduled. He said, Badejo is in Total Quality Management Department at the head office. He is part of the team working on the 21st century transformation which the bank is working on. He was supposed to deliver a lecture at 8.30am but when we did not see him, we began to wonder what went wrong. It was not until later that we received words from one his relatives that he was shot by policemen. Badejo, who berated the police for lack of professionalism, said, When the policemen came into the compound, they didn t even ask any questions. One of them just started shooting. Even the armed robbers did not even assault me, they only took my belongings. On Tuesday, a commercial motorcycle rider, Adigun Atilola, was shot by a policeman at Ilupeju during the clampdown on okada riders. The following day, a policeman, Oluwatiyesi Gboyega, also allegedly shot and killed a bus conductor during an argument over N50. A call placed to the spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, on Sunday was not answered and neither did she reply a text message sent to her on the shooting of the banker and securityman.

B.C. security guard left for dead after merciless beating by three men …

A 65-year-old Surrey security guard is in hospital with more than 100 stitches to his head after being brutally beaten by three men in an unprovoked attack.

It was Sunday, the early morning and pouring rain, when Hoshiar Singh Bajwa was patrolling a construction site at Pitt River Community Middle School on Tyner Street in Port Coquitlam.

He was just doing his job, said Bajwa s son Baljeet at his father s bedside at Royal Columbian Hospital on Sunday. Now he s in trauma. He s saying he didn t know they were going to attack him like that.

It was around 3 a.m. when Bajwa saw a man jump the fence and went over to talk to him. The man said he needed help because he was being chased by two guys.

Bajwa didn t see the two other men who jumped him from behind, until they grabbed him and started beating him with one of the many metal rods lying around the site.

Even when Bajwa fell to the ground helpless, his attackers continued the assault, beating him and kicking him about 50 to 70 times for what felt like 10 minutes, said Bajwa. All the blows were to his head. When they were done, the men fled and left Bajwa lying in a pool of blood.

Dazed and in pain, Bajwa managed to call 911 and his family.

When his daughter Rita Grewal arrived at the site, she couldn t recognize her dad, who was covered in blood, soil, sand and mud.

There was blood all over, down his eyes and all over his clothes, said Rita Grewal. I couldn t even recognize him. The blood was too much. He couldn t even speak.

It took more than 100 stitches to close the wounds to Bajwa s head. The stitches criss-cross his forehead, then trail down his face to his eye and along the side of his head.

Lying in hospital, Bajwa s hair still had traces of blood, while his right eye was swollen shut. The beating was so severe doctors said he could lose vision in that eye, said Baljeet.

Grewal said her dad is pretty strong, and used to be in the military when he was a young man.

He tried to save himself, she said, but could not defend himself from an ambush from three much younger men who attacked from behind with no provocation.

Now Bajwa s family is left wondering what the motive could be for the assault, whether it was an attempted robbery, a racially motivated attack or someone s idea of a sick prank.

It was a planned attack, said Baljeet. They were looking for a soft target.

Arvinder Tanesar, Bajwa s supervisor at Canuck Security, said nothing was stolen from the site and there was no apparent vandalism.

Bajwa has been with the company for about two years and was an excellent employee and very polite, he said: It is really very bad. I can t express my words. We can t imagine who would do something like this.

Coquitlam RCMP said it is investigating.

Bajwa described the three men as Caucasian and in their mid-20s. One was about five foot eight, while the other two were about five foot five.

His family said they hope his attackers are brought to justice.

They should be caught and punished, said Rita Grewal. I don t know how they can look at themselves in the mirror when they see what they did.

It sickens me that such a senseless and cowardly attack happened for no apparent reason, said Baldev Grewal, Bajwa s nephew. Hate crime or not, this cowardly attack on a senior is appalling.

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Motorbike Bomb Kills 2 Security Guards in Herat

News – Afghanistan

Written by TOLOnews.com

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:54

Two Afghan security guards were killed in the blast from a hidden bomb in a motorbike outside the police training centre in western Herat province Wednesday morning, local officials said.

Six other security guards were injured in the attack and were taken to a nearby hospital.

The blast happened about 6:30AM local time in the Adraskan district of the province near the police training centre where the guards were stationed, Fazl Ahmad Khalili said.

“All the victims are employees of a private security firm,” he said.

He said that more police had arrived in the area and were investigating the attack.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.

It comes a day after three suicide attacks across Afghanistan in Kabul, Helmand and Kunar provinces.

Twelve civilians including nine foreigners were killed in the Kabul suicide attack on the road near Kabul international airport on Tuesday morning when a suicide bomber crashed a car with explosives into a minivan carrying the foreigners.

One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier and a civilian died in the Helmand attack on an ANA base in the Gereshk district Tuesday afternoon.

While three Nato soldiers and a civilian were wounded by the suicide attack in Kunar as they were repairing a bridge in Watapour district around 5:00PM.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:23

Staying Safe Abroad: Libya: Security Guard Assigned to US …

According to the McClatchy News Service, a Libyan security guard who was assigned to the US Consulate in Benghazi when it was attacked on September 11, has said that NO protests preceded the apparently planned terrorist attack on the Consulate that resulted in the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, and three other Americans.

The security guard has further confirmed that the attack was a planned terrorist operation and not the outgrowth of a protest over an online video that mocks Islam and its founder, the Prophet Muhammad.

The guard, who is recovering from several shrapnel injuries and two gunshot wounds in a local hospital said on Thursday (September 13) that the Consulate had no protesters outside of it at the time of the attack when as many as 125 gunmen converged on the compound late in the evening with an apparent plan to destroy the facility and any Americans they found therein.

COMMENT: Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has publicly insisted since last week that the attacks on the Americans stem from protests against an anti-Muslim video that had not as yet been publicly released.

Clearly, the statements made by US officials in Washington differ substantially from those made by the recovering security guard.

In my 35 years’ experience in protecting US interests abroad, both as a Regional Security Officer (RSO) and as a security consultant, I have never known a video created by someone with no credibility to generate such violence on a global level.

For those who are convinced that it was an amateur video that has turned the Middle East upside down in the last two weeks, I ask them to compare the large-scale and inadvertent burning of The Koran in Afghanistan months ago to the ramifications we’ve witnessed since the September 11, 2012 attack.

It is an understatement that the US Government was ill-prepared for what occurred on September 11 in Benghazi and should be held accountable.

Since the mid-1980s, the US Department of State has required that a Board of Inquiry be convened following any major act of terrorism.

Yet, given the apparent disparity of the facts, and the Obama Administration’s insistence that the murder of Americans in Benghazi stemmed from the video and pre-incident protests, a Board of Inquiry is ESSENTIAL.

Couple assaulted by hospital security guards trying to – Parentdish UK

Compensation for dad who was 'assaulted' when trying to take his baby home from hospitalPA/file photo

A dad has been awarded 7,000 in compensation1 after University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability for the injuries he suffered when he tried to take his baby daughter home from hospital.

David Fish from Fishponds sued the NHS after he was left with bruising and bloodshot eyes after the incident in March 2008 at Bristol Children’s Hospital. His wife Beverley also suffered a black eye.

The couple had been stopped from leaving the hospital with their baby daughter Ellie-Suzanne after she had undergone surgery on her stomach.

The baby had been born just 23 weeks2 into Beverley’s pregnancy in September, 2007. Weighting just 589 grams (1lb 4oz ) she was given only a 10 to 15 per cent chance of survival, and needed to undergo stomach surgery six months after her birth.

When Mr and Mrs Fish were told by the consultant in charge of her care that they could take Ellie-Suzanne home3 after her operation, they attempted to leave the hospital, but were stopped by security guards after another consultant deemed her not fit enough to be removed. The assault is then alleged to have occurred.

Speaking to his local paper4, Mr Fish said he and his wife had been told by a doctor on the ward that they could take Ellie home overnight and then bring her back in the morning.

“It would have been the first time she had ever come home, or out of hospital,” he said, “We spoke to the doctor there and he said it was absolutely fine and we could take her home now so we got everything up together. When we walked out we saw the security guards coming up but thought nothing of it.”

Mr Fish, 47, says that they were then stopped by the four guards and were subsequently injured in the confrontation which followed. The police were called, and photographs were later taken of the injuries the couple received.

Mr and Mrs Fish were cautioned for a public order offence, and after admitting they swore at the time of the alleged assault were forced to spend the night in cells.

They were then prevented from seeing their daughter for two weeks, and had to send friends and relatives in to visit her, before signing an agreement to allow them monitored access to Ellie.

Mrs Fish, 42, said when she first saw her face after the incident, she could not believe it she says her bridge was knocked out of her mouth and her face was black for months afterwards.

A spokeswoman for the city centre hospital trust said: “The NHS Litigation Authority has settled Mr Fish’s civil claim for personal injury against University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust as a result of an incident in March 2008.”

The happy news is although Ellie still requires oxygen overnight, and has other health needs, she has confounded medical expectations by walking, talking and going to mainstream school.

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