Look around your building or workplace right now. You 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!

Experiences in Canterbury and Kaikoura have shown us we are not safe at work.

Damage to a suspended ceiling and ducting service caused by lack of seismic restraint in the ceiling space. (Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of New Zealand)

Damage to a suspended ceiling and ducting service caused by lack of seismic restraint in the ceiling space

The biggest seismic risks?

When an earthquake strikes, even the most harmless objects can become dangerous. 

There are hazards perched above your head, including suspended ceilings and partitioning, air con units, and pipes.

Filing cabinets, fridges, heavy photocopiers and large monitors can also cause damage when subjected to unusual forces.

You can assess the risks in your workplace by using our handy checklist of potential hazards.

The Value of Seismic Restraints

The majority of earthquake injury and damage in New Zealand's recent earthquakes have been because of falling ceilings, walls, heavy equipment and furniture. 

If these non-structural hazards had been fastened by seismic restraints the distress felt by many and billions of dollars of repair costs spent would have been significantly reduced. 

New Zealand is an earthquake prone country. The big one probably won’t happen tomorrow. But we know it will happen sometime. It might be unpredictable but it won’t be a surprise.

If we accept that, we can make informed decisions together.

Are seismic restraints right for you?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What equipment in your office is vital for you to do what you do? Any of the following: Computers, lighting, files, data racks, photocopiers or special equipment (e.g. freezers, laboratory and hospital equipment?
  • When a quake happens, will you be able to get back to business if you are unable to get into your damaged building?
  • How long will the business be able to survive if it is unable to operate?

Next steps

If you are just beginning to think about what risks you have within your work or offices, download Quake Protected's handy checklist of potential quake hazards here. It will help you identify potential hazards in your workplace. 

For a more detailed, personalised assessment, schedule an earthquake safety audit.

Our no nonsense approach, will:

  • Identify potentially harmful nonstructural elements in your workplace
  • Assess the likelihood of these elements being harmful to people and your business during an earthquake 
  • Recommend a range of possible solutions to minimize the risk to your staff and business (if required).

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