Testing & Tagging – worth the effort?

Testing & Tagging – worth the effort?

As part of our risk management strategy and, in particular, as part of our occupational health and safety regime we carry out regular testing and tagging of all the electrical appliances and items in our offices. The regulations differ per state but in Victoria where I am based, the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) states that an employer has a legal obligation to ensure that […]

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Large gum trees in residential areas pose a threat to life and property

Large gum trees in residential areas pose a threat to life and property

Like most people I am all for protecting the environment and greening our towns and cities but we do need to balance this with the risk to life and property. Today in much of South East Australia strong winds are again forecast. As a child growing up in Brisbane I always thought of August as Kite month. While the weather is great for kites it […]

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A reminder from the past

A reminder from the past

Recently, I posted a blog article where I was concerned about the fire brigade delaying the extinguishment of a fire while they were fluffing around seeking authority to hire an excavator to knock down the walls of the building which would speed up the process. One of our senior risk surveyors, a retired long standing fire officer, shared the following photographs with me from ANZAC […]

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Sad death of stonemason from silicosis highlights a risk for those using labour hire

Sad death of stonemason from silicosis highlights a risk for those using labour hire

It was reported yesterday that Mr White, a stonemason working on the Gold Coast, passed away from silicosis. In a separate report, his brother has also been diagnosed with the same deadly disease. Under Australia WorkCover legislation all workers are covered through their employers workers’ compensation insurance. As such, employers are somewhat protected. There is a serious problem however where the organisation under which the […]

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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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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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Methylamphetamine use drives more illegal Meth labs

Methylamphetamine use drives more illegal Meth labs

Earlier this week, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission released the sixth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program providing longer-term insights into drug consumption as the program concludes its second year. Using wastewater data between August 2017 to August 2018, it is estimated that more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of […]

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Composite Cladding – An update

Composite Cladding – An update

Today the Victorian Building Authority was informed that CertMark International (“CMI”), a product certification body under the CodeMark Scheme, has withdrawn nine certificates for cladding systems, including aluminium composite panels (ACP) and expanded polystyrene (EPS). The nine withdrawn certificates are: CM40029 Ozone Panel Building Systems CM40066 Alpolic A2 CM40067 Alpolic FR CM40076 Ultrabond FR CM40079 Vitrabond FR CM40082 Dulux Exsulite TM Kooltherm Fa├žade System CM40093 […]

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Do not forget the cyber exposure facing us all

Do not forget the cyber exposure facing us all

This year has been dominated by a swag of natural disasters culminating most recently with Cyclone Oma and Bushfires in Western Australia. However, the ever present risk of cyber attacks continues. Here are three recently reported events. February 21, 2019 https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/toyota-cyber-attack-leaves-employees-unable-to-access-emails-for-days-20190221-p50z70.html Car manufacturing giant Toyota has been hit by a cyber attack in Australia, with employees locked out of their emails for days. February 18, […]

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LMI’s 20 years of service – what has it meant to you?

LMI’s 20 years of service – what has it meant to you?

This coming Monday, we celebrate 20 years of service to the insurance and wider communities. I would ask that if you have or are using one of our services, have benefited from one of our innovations that you share you your thoughts, experience etc as to what this has meant for you. While I will share any good news with the team as we gather […]

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