Category: Fire Insights & Impacts

06 May 2020 | Feature Article

Why caution is needed on oxygen reduction systems

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The fire triangle explains that there are three ingredients for most fires – heat, fuel and an oxidising agent. If you want to control a fire, you reduce the fuel, oxygen or heat. Sprinklers, which are the most commonly used fire protection system, address the heat and fuel legs. But now there’s a new kid on the block, which aims to solve the problem differently: oxygen reduction systems (ORS). Michael Stuckings, Operations Chief Engineer at FM Global Australia explains why caution is needed on oxygen reduction systems.
WHAT TO DO DURING AND AFTER A BUSINESS SHUTDOWN
27 March 2020 | Feature Article

WHAT TO DO DURING AND AFTER A BUSINESS SHUTDOWN

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has forced unprecedented sudden closings of facilities around the world. This article outlines some important steps to take to help minimise property loss during and after shutting down a facility.
ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS AND FIRE PROTECTION
12 March 2020 | Feature Article

ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS AND FIRE PROTECTION

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Lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) are in increasing demand for supplying energy to buildings and power grids. However, they are also under scrutiny after a number of recent fires and explosions. To increase awareness of what can be done to improve safety around this technology, commercial property insurer FM Global has publicly released groundbreaking research and recommendations.
Reducing your fire risk
22 January 2020 | Feature Article

Reducing your fire risk

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While the fires may have eased, the impact to Australia’s business community is significant. The economic damage from the bushfires devastating Australia’s eastern seaboard alone is likely to exceed the record $4.4bn set by 2009’s Black Saturday blazes, Moody’s Analytics has said. With summer not yet over, the bushfire threat unfortunately continues meaning everyone must remain vigilant and take steps to ensure that they mitigate the risk.
Fire threat on the rise at mine sites
19 August 2019 | Feature Article

Fire threat on the rise at mine sites

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A recent report from the New South Wales Resources Regulator reveals that mobile plant fires in the state have risen in the past decade.
Calculate the real cost of catastrophe
19 August 2019 | Feature Article

Calculate the real cost of catastrophe

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If we have one job as CFOs, it's protecting the value of our companies. One of the most insidious threats to corporate value is sudden disruption from events like fire, hurricane, flood, earthquake or cyber attack—disruption that is ostensibly insured. We tend to be vaguely aware of this risk, but rarely do we put numbers to it.
4 lessons from heritage building fires
03 June 2019 | Feature Article

4 lessons from heritage building fires

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Recent catastrophic fires at high-profile arts and heritage facilities have some of us asking whether we are truly learning from our history.
How to minimise risk in mining mergers and acquisitions
21 September 2018 | Feature Article

How to minimise risk in mining mergers and acquisitions

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While acquisition strategies are an essential part of fuelling future growth, the risk implications are often extensive. The acquiring business must address these throughout the transaction and subsequent integration process.  
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