Suspended Ceilings and Partitioning Seismic Restraints

Suspended Ceiling and Partitioning Seismic Restraints Experts

Suspended ceilings are a major risk during an earthquake.  The ceiling tiles may be light but the frames that hold them are made from steel. When they fall, they have the potential to cause lethal damage.

To keep your work place safe, suspended ceilings should be properly braced and seismically retrofitted to meet new building earthquake preparedness standards.

It is likely that suspended ceilings installed pre 2013 are unrestrained. If that's the case with yours, it should be checked as soon as possible.

Suspended ceiling damage after Canterbury Earthquake

Suspended ceiling damage after Canterbury Earthquake

Next steps

  • You can check their security yourself by carefully removing a tile and looking above. 
  • Once you're there, make sure the ceiling frames are braced with flexible wire to secure overhead structures.
  • If you do not see any seismic restraints or are not sure the seismic restraint have been installed correctly, call an expert. We can advise you of the most complete, fully compliant seismic restraint solution that will comply with building code requirements and ceiling manufacturers warranties.

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