Last edited 12 Feb 2019

Workplace design – flood protection

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The Herne Hill floods in August 2013 were a disaster for many homes and businesses.

As any residents and business owners who have been through it can testify, if you have ever received a phone call in the early hours telling you a burst water main has flooded your property, you will realise that is only the start of your problems. In a home your furniture etc. is ruined. In a business you can lose stock, books, materials – many of your assets – as well as power supplies and IT.

The loss adjusters and salvage teams will be quick enough to get your effects and equipment cleared out of the premises as it’s in their interests to minimise the consequential costs of claims. But the disruption caused to your business can be very serious financially.

Like fire, water main bursts and similar problems often seem to happen out of normal work hours. Visitors, trainees, other customers with appointments arriving the next day therefore may not be able to be contacted until they turn up and then have to be turned away. This is not good for customer relations.

So here is some advice based on experience:

It may never happen but, if it does, at least be prepared.

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