Grenfell main contractor blames testing houses and certifying bodies for disaster

Grenfell Tower toward the end of its ill-fated refurbishment

Source: Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Rydon tells inquiry that makers of dangerous cladding materials had been ‘assisted’ in getting their products to market

A “slack and complicit” testing and certification industry should take more blame for allowing combustible materials to be fitted to Grenfell tower than the project team which worked on the block’s disastrous refurbishment, the inquiry into the fire has heard.

Marcus Taverner QC, representing main contractor Rydon, said that testing houses and certifying bodies had given “assistance” to manufacturers of dangerous cladding products to exploit an “inadequate regulatory regime”.

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