MFB also charging for fire extinguishment

MFB also charging for fire extinguishment

In January 2019, a fire occurred at a premises in Cambellfield that recycled a number of items and among this lithium batteries. In this case, the Melbourne Fire Brigade rang the landlord seeking a guarantee that they would meet the cost of excavators needed to assist in the extinguishing of the fire. As I understand it, the tenant also received a call, as did the […]

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I just want to say thanks

I just want to say thanks

This week I attended the Steadfast Conference and I was overwhelmed by the number of people who came up and gave encouragement and positive feedback on this blog. I think the most telling thing to me has been the number of people who mentioned they have gone out and purchased a fire extinguisher following my post on the fire in my own home. The list […]

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Buyer beware when it comes to XPS

Buyer beware when it comes to XPS

On Saturday when I made my weekly pilgrimage to the big box store hardware store I was horrified to see that they were selling an extruded polystyrene (“XPS”) insulation product that was recommended to be used under home flooring or in the ceiling space. I have not done any tests on the product but based on studies I have read and seen, in the event […]

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Sharing the knowledge – 2018 Vero Commercial Fire Data Base

Sharing the knowledge – 2018 Vero Commercial Fire Data Base

One of the basic philosophies of LMI Group is to share the knowledge we gain from the many claims we are involved in for the benefit of the insurance industry, business and the wider communities. Of course, there are others within the insurance industry that share this approach and we praise them for their efforts. Adam Matteson from Vero shared with me the Commercial Fire […]

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Has a precedent been set that will allow others to seek recovery due to non-conforming building materials?

Has a precedent been set that will allow others to seek recovery due to non-conforming building materials?

It was reported in The Age today that builders LU Simon have been ordered to pay $5.748m to the 211 applicants in the case of the fire at the Lacrosse building in Melbourne’s Docklands following a fire in 2014 that was fueled by combustible cladding. However, it has also been reported that while LU Simon will have to pay the initial sum, other respondents in the case […]

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Air-conditioner fires on the increase = greater need for smoke detectors in bedrooms

Air-conditioner fires on the increase = greater need for smoke detectors in bedrooms

I was pleased to see that the mainstream media were issuing a warning this morning about the high incidence of air-conditioners. As I reported at the start of the year, the electricity authority in my area advised that they had attended 3 fires caused by air-conditioners on Christmas Day alone. I have been in a room where an old window rattler caught fire but luckily […]

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Yet another fire at a recycle centre while millions collected in taxes

Yet another fire at a recycle centre while millions collected in taxes

A metal recycle premises in Garbutt Queensland is the latest recycle company to have a fire. For a full list of the fires in this industry that occurred last year, please go to this post. Meanwhile Local councils across Melbourne are facing the growing prospect of having to dump tonnes of household recyclable material in landfill after the environment watchdog ordered a major recycling company […]

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My wife and I have our kitchen back!

My wife and I have our kitchen back!

As I reported a month or so back our home caught fire on Christmas day. As ours is a period home, the cornice was not readily available so there was a delay in repairs. As soon as the cornice was up the trades all came in and we now have our kitchen or most of it back. The room where the fire started is still […]

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Reducing the risk following the fire in my home

Reducing the risk following the fire in my home

The fire in my home on Christmas night 2018 was a giant wake up call to me and I thought that I would share some risk management treatments I have been implementing personally. I have, no doubt due to my profession, been risk averse and I was already in the process of upgrading my gutter and roof system at home in view of what I […]

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The grim list of fires in recyling

The grim list of fires in recyling

A long standing friend and supporter of this blog, Adam Matteson of Vero has compiled a list of the fires that have involved the Recycling Industry in 2018. We at LMI have been commissioned to assist Insured’s on a number of these fires, have conducted many risk management audits and I have addressed the Victorian Waste Management Association – but even with all this first […]

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