Earthquakes are recognised by WorkSafe NZ as a workplace hazard. The Health and Safety at Work Act places significant personal liability on company directors and board members who fail to eliminate or minimise workplace hazards.
Recent earthquakes demonstrated the effectiveness of professionally fitted restraints and highlighted deficiencies in many DIY restraint installations. As part of our quality assurance programme, we reviewed hundreds our seismic restraint installations.
None of the items that we restrained were undamaged. This enabled our clients to rapidly restore business operations. Had the quakes occurred during business hours, they would have prevented serious injury or worse in many instances.
You may want to consider the following before entrusting seismic restraint installation to a handyman, builder or removal company:
When the cost of failure could be measured in lives, is el-cheapo really the way to go?