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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Product Recall – Seeley Braemar Outdoor Air Conditioner Units

Product Recall – Seeley Braemar Outdoor Air Conditioner Units

As you know, I post each week the Product Recalls released by the ACCC and hope that it helps those who may have purchased a recall item to know and be able to return it before any problems. This one I felt needed its own post, as on Christmas Night 2018, the night of the fire in my own home, the emergency responders told me […]

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Christmas Tree Fires – check your lights and have a water reservoir for your tree if it is real

Christmas Tree Fires – check your lights and have a water reservoir for your tree if it is real

I was out at Bunnings over the weekend and saw the local Scout Troop selling harvested Christmas Trees. Over the many years of my career, I have seen fires in Christmas trees both real and artificial. A fire is heart breaking at any time, but when the tree has all the presents beneath it and the fire starts it is even worse than ever. Faulty […]

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How a bush fire can create its own weather

How a bush fire can create its own weather

Back in January of this year, the Bureau of Meteorology published a very interesting article on how a bush or forest fire can create its own weather. I see that the ABC News has picked up the story and I agree it is worth sharing and understanding. Here is a link to the original article.  

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What will it take to change dangerous behaviour and it happened to us

What will it take to change dangerous behaviour and it happened to us

I was staggered at the number of people filmed driving through flooded roads during the storms this week in NSW. It not only puts the car at risk and the neighbouring property which is hit by the wake from the vehicle, but it puts the driver and passengers in danger and those that go to their rescue. Clearly there needs to be a three pronged […]

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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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Staggered that parts of the Trump Tower has no sprinkler system

I read with disbelief that the fire in Trump Tower on Saturday was not extinguished automatically by a sprinkler system. The reason.. it was never fitted. A fire at the 50th level creates all sorts of risk for the occupants and fire fighters.  I understand in this fire that 4-6 Fire Department New York (FDNY) firefighters were hospitalised. I understand Trump Towers commenced construction in 1979, […]

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When will we learn?

I watched in disbelief the television news of a fire in Russia where 64 people were killed. It is reported that some doors were locked or barred. Over the past few years, I have been researching fires in New York (The Green Triangle Shirt Factory, 1911), Chicago (the Iroquois Theater, 1903) and Singapore (Robinson Department Store, 1972) where similar circumstances led to legislation making it […]

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