About Safer Structures

The Safer Structures Campaign, a body led by Tratos, is urging the Government to raise the safety standards of cables in homes and buildings across the country.

The issue 

On 1 July 2017, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) came into force, and, as a result, all cables sold in the EU now have to adhere to new, improved common standards which should result in safer, consistent building regulations – and much improved public safety.

However, the EU hasn’t been prescriptive in specifying which classification of cable performance should be used for buildings and infrastructure. Instead it is the responsibility of each EU member states’ regulator to decide this. In the UK this is the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

DCLG has not specified which class of cable should be used for buildings, and instead requires all electrical installations in buildings to comply with BS 7671 – a minimum performance requirement, equivalent to Euro Class E – that allows for more flammable cables that are less resistant to the spread of flames. This means that the UK is no closer to having a safer building environment, and public safety is at risk.

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The opportunity 

Construction Products Regulation is the greatest opportunity to bring about safer cable products. The cable supply chain and Regulator are failing to understand that adequate isn’t enough.

The UK Regulator must stipulate a minimum requirement of Euro Class for CPR – Cca; and a robust programme of market surveillance for CPR compliance must be established and adopted as best practice throughout the construction and building industry for safer buildings in the UK.

Read our white paper here to find out more about why we need regulator intervention - give yourself a voice and sign the petition to change the way buildings are constructed and make safety its priority.

Because, everyone has the right to live and work in safe buildings.

For more information, see Tratos’ White Paper on the issue.


CEO/ENTREPRENEUR

Dr Maurizio Bragagni, Chair of Safer Structures

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Dr Maurizio Bragagni is chairman and CEO of Tratos Ltd the UK business of Tratos Group, a European cable manufacturer with factories in UK and Italy and offices across five continents. He aims to share knowledge and promote awareness of safety in construction works in particular, the cable industry.

Dr Bragagni, has spent the last year generating awareness and promoting Construction Products Regulation (CPR), that is now law in all EU countries. CPR deals with the way a product is placed on the market - the methods of assessment and testing, how the performance of a product should be declared and the conformance system of assessment for construction products. He is calling for greater enforcement of CPR in the UK where products should should be the minimum class of performance (Cca) for all reaction to fire cable in the UK to reduce the risk of fire in buildings, he believes as it stands the desire to embrace the principle of CPR could be country's downfall - given recent tragic events the UK has seen.

This petition is to change the current law and create safer structures to live and work in.

Education

CASS Business School

University of Pisa

Associations and Memberships

In addition to his work with Tratos, Dr Bragagni is actively involved with other associations.

He is a board member of PEMA (Port Equipment Manufacturers Association), a member of BCA (British Cables Association), ANIE Federation (representing the electrotechnical and electronic companies operating in Italy), EEF (The Manufacturers’ Organisation) ACI (Approved Cables Initiative), IOD (Institute of Directors) and Oil & Gas UK.


THE CABLE EXPERT

Mr Peter Waterworth

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Mr Peter Waterworth has 40 years experience within the cable industry, he is a Technical and Development Director for Tratos Ltd and is the self proclaimed 'cable expert'.

Mr Waterworth has been passionately sharing his knowledge about the recent Construction Products Regulation that become law on July 1st 2017 by running workshops to educate industry professionals about the changes in the construction industry, and ultimately aims to promote safety. 

"CPR is the greatest opportunity to bring about safer cable products. The cable supply chain and Regulator are failing to understand that adequate isn’t enough. The UK Regulator must stipulate a minimum requirement of Euro Class for CPR – Cca; and a robust programme of market surveillance for CPR compliance must be established and adopted as best practice throughout the construction and building industry". 


NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRATOS 

Mr Neil Ancell

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With more than 50 years' experience in the cabling industry, Neil Ancell is responsible for Tratos' company acquisitions, business development and Human Resources. In 2015, Mr Ancell worked to secure a multi-million-pound investment in the company's Knowsley factory, Merseyside.

This included the Chrysalis Fun £3.5m loan, enabling the acquisition of an additional adjacent site to support the redevelopment and expansion of production facilities on site. Mr Ancell is also Vice President of the British Cables Association.


NON EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, FUJITSU 

Mr Simon Blagden, CBE

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Mr Blagden, who is non-executive Chairman of Fujitsu UK and a member of UK leadership team, has 30 years' business experience in the IT and telecoms industry, initially at GEC where he was an International Commercial Manager.

Member of the Government's Apprenticeship Delivery Board. Member of the expert panel advising Government on Technical and Professional Education Industry Chairman of the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Group (All-Party Parliamentary Group) Chairman of HRH The Duke of York's Charity, The Duke of York's Community Initiative.

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