The Value of Retrofitting Non Structural Seismic Restraints in Your Building
Did you know around 70 - 80% of the total repair cost to a building after an earthquake is usually due to damage from falling objects?
While the structural soundness of buildings is often first priority - securing internal dangers is just as important to protect your people and business.
Not only this, as a business or building owner, you're responsible for everyone in your building. Whether it's employees, customers or visitors - their safety is in your hands.
So it's vital for you to take practical steps to minimise and eliminate the potential hazards where possible.
Restrain Potential Dangers Before They Become Earthquake Hazards
Look around your building or workplace right now. You'll probably see a lot of things you normally wouldn't consider dangerous.
Now throw an earthquake into the equation...
That all changes.
In the blink of an eye, things are falling, tipping and flying all over the place!
Because of this, it's important to restrain any objects in your building that could become hazards in the event of an earthquake.
This simple act could save lives, and save you millions in repair costs.
But you shouldn't just install any type of restraint...
Install Seismic Restraints That Resist Earthquake Forces
Installing specialised seismic restraints can ensure dangerous objects are at less risk of harming people or causing severe damage.
They are called seismic restraints for a reason, and it's their job to resist earthquake forces.
In general, there are two main types of seismic restraints you can install:
1. A Fixed Restraint
Fixed restraints work using bracing and bracketing systems. These restraints can hold extreme weight loads and minimise movement during an earthquake.
This reduces the risk of heavy objects falling and causing major damage or harm.
2. A Flexible Restraint
Flexible systems use wire restraints to secure falling objects. Although they appear weaker than fixed bracing, flexible restraints can handle similar weight loads, and take less time to install.
To keep your building as safe as possible, it's vital you install at least one of these restraint systems (or both depending on different objects).
If you're not sure which objects you should be installing restraints on - a good rule of thumb is to secure anything over 10 kg's.
Take steps to identify potential earthquake risks in your building.
Having seen the shocking levels of damage after Canterbury and Kaikoura, we understand how important it is to know your risks and take action.
That's why we've created this checklist. As you work through the points, you will gain the knowledge you need to make major improvements to the safety and resilience of your work space.
This simple checklist tells you:
- Which objects you should restrain in order to meet building standards.
- How to check these potential hazards yourself.
- Why certain objects need to be restrained more than others.
- The steps that should be taken to seismically restrain potential dangers and keep your people safe!