28th September 2018
On Wednesday 5 September Mr John Holland, regional manager of Hawkins’ Glasgow Office, delivered a presentation to Charted Institute of Loss Adjuster (CILA) members at the Raddison Blu Hotel, entitled: “Keeping Investigators Safe - Risk Assessment & Site Safety”.
The concept behind this presentation arose from a discussion that a colleague recently had with a senior loss adjuster regarding staining on his hands. The loss adjuster called Hawkins for advice after he noted the mysterious staining during a site visit to a domestic fire. From the circumstances described, Hawkins concluded that the loss adjuster was probably contaminated with Antimony Trioxide, a chemical commonly used as a mattress flame retardant--which is considered highly poisonous.
Fortunately, the loss adjuster noticed the contaminant in time, although, a thorough pre-inspection risk assessment might have prevented this incident.
Hawkins recently won a RoSPA Gold Award for our approach to Health & Safety, and we thought loss adjusters and other experts undertaking site investigation might be interested to hear more about our own experience of risk assessment, site safety and near-misses.
John delivered the first of a number of planned presentations on Risk Assessments, intended to benefit loss adjusters and other professionals who conduct visits to site from a Health & Safety perspective.
Hawkins is a business that routinely undertakes investigations in potentially dangerous situations involving fire-damaged or structurally-compromised buildings. We also investigate the root causes of a wide range of personal injuries. We are happy to share our risk assessment, safety awareness and near-miss reporting with the wider insurance claim investigation community comprising Chartered Loss Adjusters, insurers conducting site visits, solicitors and repair/restoration contractors.
Please contact our Business Development Manager, Graeme Drysdale if you would like further information on Hawkins’ services.