Port Rush Train Station Buried Metalic Services Gas Services and Buried Mechanical joints

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Dear Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland,

It is my understanding that HSENI and Gas Safe attended the new Port Rush Train Station in relation to the Buried Metallic LPG Gas service which runs from the baulk tank to the Station Premisses.

1. Who was in attendance from HSENI and Gas Safe Register

2. After the RHI scandal please send me ALL documentation in relation to the decisions made and who made the decisions in relation to the buried LPG metallic gas supply and provide evidence and considerations which were made on the inspection?

3. Who give permission for the buried metallic gas service to remain was it Gas Safe of HSENI or was it jointly agreed?

4. Who allowed the buried mechanical joints at both ends of the gas supply to be considered as SAFE ? HSENI , Gas Safe or Both

5. Lord Judge Brodie in 2004 has already adjudicated that this practice is banned due to the ICL disaster in Glasgow where 9 people were killed and 40 injured why have HSENI and Gas Safe accessed this installation as safe and what has been put in place to ensure public safety has been prioritised

6. Why has the contractor not terminated the supplies above ground and mechanical joints fitted in accordance of current regulations?

7. What qualifications has the attending staff got from hseni and gas safe to over rule Lord Brodie's decision?

8 Can all mechanical joints be installed underground as in this case and HSENI, Building Control and gas safe deem this now as an acceptable practice?

9. Now HSENI have been made aware of what I consider as a dangerous installation what further action do HSENI deem necessary, will you now take to ensure the installation conforms to current rules and regulations ? or do you believe it meets current gas rules and regulations ?

Yours faithfully,

Paul steward

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

 

Dear Mr Steward,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Re: Port Rush Train Station Buried Metallic Services Gas Services and
Buried Mechanical joints

Our Reference: FOI/120/2019

 

I refer to your recent e-mail received in the Health and Safety Executive
for Northern Ireland on Wednesday 16 October 2019.   

 

We are currently working on your request and will be in touch with you
once our response is complete.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please email [1][HSENI request email]
quoting the reference FOI/120/2019 in any communications. 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Laura Donnelly

Information Management Unit

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DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

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Dear Sir,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

I refer to your request for information under the above Act.

 

You asked us a number of questions and these are set out below with our
responses in italics.

 

 

Q1.   Who was in attendance from HSENI and Gas Safe Register

 

A1.    I confirm we do hold information relative to your question.  An
extract from an interaction recorded on our Case Management System is
provided below:

 

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I can advise that one HSENI Inspector was in attendance. Some personal
information has been redacted. This is because personal information is
exempt from disclosure under the provisions of the Act. The exemption
applied is Section 40(2) by virtue of section 40(3A)(a) – Personal
Information.

HSENI consider that the individual in attendance would have a reasonable
expectation that their personal data would not be disclosed into the
public domain. Therefore it is considered that disclosure would be unfair
and in breach of the first principle of the General Data Protection
Regulation (Article 5 (1) (a)).

 

Q2.   After the RHI scandal please send me ALL documentation in relation
to the decisions made and who made the decisions in relation to the buried
LPG metallic gas supply and provide evidence and considerations which were
made on the inspection?

 

A2.    I confirm we do hold information relative to your question which is
provided in a PDF : ‘Interaction – Telephone Call – Redacted’

 

Some personal information has been redacted. This is because personal
information is exempt from disclosure under the provisions of the Act. The
exemption applied is Section 40 (2) by virtue of section 40(3A)(a) –
Personal Information.

HSENI consider that individuals would have a reasonable expectation that
their personal data would not be disclosed into the public domain.
Therefore it is considered that disclosure would be unfair and in breach
of the first principle of the General Data Protection Regulation (Article
5 (1) (a)).

 

Q3.   Who give permission for the buried metallic gas service to remain
was it Gas Safe of HSENI or was it jointly agreed?

 

A3.    Information not held I refer you to our response at A2.

 

Q4.   Who allowed the buried mechanical joints at both ends of the gas
supply to be considered as SAFE ? HSENI , Gas Safe or Both

 

A4.     Partial Information held. I can confirm that HSENI do hold
information, some of which has been supplied by a third party relevant to
your request.  Section 44(1) of the FOI Act prohibits the release of
information where its disclosure is prohibited by or under any other
enactment.  Under the provisions of Article 30 of the Health and Safety at
Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, certain information cannot be released
without the consent of the person/s who furnished it.

 

          As such, HSENI wrote to the parties involved and received
consent to release the attached PDFs: ‘Email – Pipe – Redacted’;
‘gas(002)’; ‘Email 2 – Redacted’; ‘IMG_6178, IMG_6179; IMG_6180; IMG_6181,
IMG_6182 and IMG_6183’

 

Some personal information has been redacted. This is because personal
information is exempt from disclosure under the provisions of the Act. The
exemption applied is Section 40 (2) by virtue of section 40(3A)(a) –
Personal Information.

HSENI consider that individuals would have a reasonable expectation that
their personal data would not be disclosed into the public domain.
Therefore it is considered that disclosure would be unfair and in breach
of the first principle of the General Data Protection Regulation (Article
5 (1) (a)).

 

          I can advise that there is no requirement for HSENI or GSR to
inspect every new installation and I also refer you to the PDF provided at
A2; Interaction – Telephone Call – Redacted’

 

Q5.   Lord Judge Brodie in 2004 has already adjudicated that this practice
is banned due to the ICL disaster in Glasgow where 9 people were killed
and 40 injured why have HSENI and Gas Safe accessed this installation as
safe and what has been put in place to ensure public safety has been
prioritised

 

A5.    Information not held I refer you to our response at A2.

 

Q6.   Why has the contractor not terminated the supplies above ground and
mechanical joints fitted in accordance of current regulations?

 

A6.    Information not held I refer you to our response at A2.

 

Q7.   What qualifications has the attending staff got from hseni and gas
safe to over rule Lord Brodie's decision?

 

A7.    Information not held I refer you to our response at A2. I can
advise that attending HSENI and GSR staff did not override Lord Brodie’s
decision.

      

Q8.   Can all mechanical joints be installed underground as in this case
and HSENI, Building Control and gas safe deem this now as an acceptable
practice?

 

A8.    HSENI and GSR have not allowed mechanical joints to remain
underground. I refer to our response at A4           

 

 

Q9.      Now HSENI have been made aware of  what I consider as a dangerous
installation what further action do HSENI deem necessary, will you now
take to ensure the installation conforms to current rules and regulations
? or do you believe it meets current gas rules and regulations ?

 

A9.      I can advise that HSENI will work with all duty holders to ensure
that gas installations are safe and meet current standards. I refer you to
our response at A2 and A4.

 

I hope you find this information useful, but if you are dissatisfied with
the way in which HSENI has handled your request, please go to HSENI’s
website at the following web address which explains the actions that are
available to you:

 

·         [2]https://www.hseni.gov.uk/information-acc...

 

 

Yours faithfully

Debby McAllister
Information Manager
Email: [3][email address]

 

 

 

 

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