Recent, widely felt earthquakes are a timely reminder that now is a good time for business owners and landlords to check the safety of their buildings, making sure that air conditioning units, piping, cable trays, ducting and other non-structural elements above ceilings are seismically restrained, as well as tall and heavy equipment are secure.
Quake Protected General Manager, Jeremy Baker, says that summer is a good time for keeping property well maintained and checking for any changes or work that needs to be done.
“A business that has taken steps to reduce the risk of falling objects will likely experience less damage during an earthquake and save staff and customers from harm.
If you do not see any seismic restraints or are not sure the seismic restraint have been installed correctly, call an expert.”
Previous earthquakes have shown how dangerous and expensive falling pipes and services can be. When they crash through ceilings, they can cause a lot of damage to property and people, and it takes a lot of time to recover,” says Jeremy Baker.
Making quake improvements to your building at the same time as other planned maintenance or renovation work is often a more cost-effective way to make a business stronger and safer.
At your building's next warrant of fitness for example, ask the inspector about non-structural seismic restraints.
There are also simple DIY steps you can take now that will reduce the risk of damage in a natural disaster and help keep your staff and customers safer. Securing heavy furniture like televisions, filing cabinets and freezers are pretty straightforward tasks that don’t take long but can really make a big difference.
Time spent checking and improving your business health and safety now reduces the risk of damage occurring. That means your staff, customers and your business will be safer and recover more quickly should a natural disaster occur.
For more detailed information about checking your business and action you should take, go to download a free quake risk checklist