Allianz's Chris Little explains how businesses can improve safety standards

Posted on: 19 May 2017

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The UK takes risk management very seriously, which many people perhaps take for granted. Chris Little, director of engineering, Allianz Insurance plc, recently explained in an opinion piece for City A.M. that many of us are unaware of the dangers posed by machines we use everyday - but that's a good sign.

Various items of legislation make getting machinery and plant inspected on a regular basis a legal requirement for businesses.

This means that you can use the lift in the local shopping centre and it is unlikely you'll get stuck between floors; and you can use the microwave in the staff kitchen at work without fear of electrocution or fire.

In his article, Chris revealed the size of the challenge for businesses by explaining how:

During 2016, Allianz's 570 engineer surveyors inspected 141,477 passenger and goods lifts, 6,237 escalators and 818 moving walkways."

Health and safety can always be improved, and it shouldn't be considered just as a regulatory requirement. The more that companies improve health and safety standards, by having inspections carried out on machinery, for instance, the less likely it is that an employee or customer will be injured. This means less downtime and less reputational risk.



More about Allianz Engineering Inspection Services

Allianz has over 570 engineer surveyors, each one with a SAFed passport, carrying out inspections on plant and machinery across the UK, independently accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

One-off inspections, re-inspections, bespoke consultancy and training on legislation are offered by the Specialist Inspection Service team, and Allianz eServices makes it quick and easy for customer to access and download inspection records online.

Consult our Engineering Trade Guide to see what inspection services, as well as engineering insurance products, that your customers could benefit from via Allianz Engineering.

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