Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors save lives

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors save lives

Last week I reported on the tragic death of 2 young children when it is believed a toy fell onto an electric heater. Subsequently causing a small fire and smoke. Original article here. Several fire and ex-fire officers, including one from LMI’s Risk Management International unit, contacted me to ask me to remind readers of the importance of smoke detectors in bedrooms. While none of […]

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Product Recalls Australia – 18 September 2018

Product Recalls Australia – 18 September 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following: TJM Products Pty Ltd — PACE Remote Reservoir Strut Assembly inc Coil Spring Shock Absorber – LHF & RHF – for Selected Ford Ranger Vehicles GSM (Operations) Pty Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Billabong International Limited — ELEMENT Brand Alder Boys Jacket Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd — Mercedes-Benz AMG, GT and GTS Passenger Cars Rhuby Delights — […]

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Devastating fire sparked by a heater

Devastating fire sparked by a heater

I was sad to receive the following article this morning where two young toddlers have perished in a bedroom fire in Geelong East, Victoria. It is believed a toy fell onto a bar heater, which was turned on earlier in the morning, and ultimately sparked a small fire, causing smoke. This silent small fire went on to engulf the entire room with smoke and the […]

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Takata Airbag Recall Saga continues..

Takata Airbag Recall Saga continues..

I have written on this issue a few times since it all came to light, however a new push from the South Australian government which has now begun enforcing a ban, stopping the registration of any affected vehicles which have not had the recall completed. I have even seen cases where insurance professionals haven’t had their car’s parts replaced when it is readily available and […]

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Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

A lot of world’s insurance premium pricing is based on the US Hurricane Season so it is not a good start when such a significant hurricane arrives so early in the season. While our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people in the path of Hurricane Florence, I hope for everyone’s sake that it is not as severe as predicted and damage is […]

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Why I feel let down by Victorian WorkCover

Why I feel let down by Victorian WorkCover

The tragic events surrounding the crane dropping its load and killing a worker and seriously injuring another brings back the frustration I experienced when trying to deal with the builder constructing a high rise apartment block next to our Melbourne office. Having seen the results of tilt slab panels being dropped from cranes around Australia and even just falling over once erected I tried to […]

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Discussing Risk Management with the Victorian Waste Management Association

Discussing Risk Management with the Victorian Waste Management Association

I was invited to speak on the thorny topic of availability of general insurance or lack thereof to the Victorian Waste Management Association. The invitation was made through the Associations long term broker RSM Group. The Association is clearly not sitting still on this and invited a number of speakers from the Fire Services, CSIRO, Environmental Protection Authority among others to assist them in understanding […]

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Beware the hire car scam

Beware the hire car scam

I received the following email from a broker this morning; Hi Allan,        Hope your well and keep the blogs coming. I thought this may be something that you may find interesting.   Please find attached a notice of Intention to sue that was sent to my friend. I think there maybe something wrong with the whole situation. To put you in the picture my friend […]

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Product Recalls Australia – 28 August 2018

Product Recalls Australia – 28 August 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following: Supa Sundayz Pty Ltd — Demon Of Doubt with Rose Gold Reflectors Sunglasses Penske Commercial Vehicles — Western Star Trucks eBay Seller SmartPress — Magic Magnetic DIY Balls Maxomorra AB — Pyjama Set Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — 2017-2018 Ace 150 and 2018 Ranger 150 Youth Vehicles Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — Polaris RZR XP Turbo […]

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A blog question on public liability leads to 3 issues around leases.

A blog question on public liability leads to 3 issues around leases.

A broker contacted me following a concerned client of hers who had been joined in an action where someone had fallen over a step in a commercial body corporate complex. The broker was not aware of the client owning a commercial strata in the complex. The Strata insurer was prepared to defend the body corporate but not the individual unit holder. When I was approached […]

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