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Help prevent factory fires

October 6, 2014

Help protect your people, your facility and your business. Prevent the preventable and minimize the risk of damaging factory fires.

Vice President, Head of Manufacturing

Cindy Slubowski is the Head of the Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade Distribution business for... About this expert

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Quickly scan news headlines and you’ll realize factory fires—despite being extremely preventable—are far from extinct.

According to news reports, in August alone, a fork lift fire filled a Massachusetts factory with smoke, sending a worker to the hospital for smoke inhalation; a machine malfunction caused an explosion that sent a fireball through the roof of an Indianapolis factory, resulting in a projected $20,000 in damage; and a grain silo in Cincinnati burnedfor days after a dust explosion occurred.

Such incidents reaffirm the importance of implementing fire prevention best practices at your industrial facility. An estimated $951 million dollars in property damage occurs annually from industrial fires, according to information from the National Fire Protection Association. Further, the potential for injury or death of workers, as well as business disruption costs, could ruin the manufacturing business you’ve worked so hard to establish.

This week is National Fire Protection Week. Take this time to focus on fire prevention at your manufacturing facility. Create a basic pre-fire plan that addresses how to respond in the event of a fire, but also spend time educating workers on how to minimize some of the most common causes of factory fires.

Finally, reexamine the sprinkler protection or lack thereof at your facility. Discern fact from fiction when it comes to doing a cost benefit analysis around installing and maintaining these systems. From a risk management perspective, I consider sprinklers to be an important line of defense.

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The information in this publication was compiled from sources believed to be reliable for informational purposes only. All sample policies and procedures herein should serve as a guideline, which you can use to create your own policies and procedures. We trust that you will customize these samples to reflect your own operations and believe that these samples may serve as a helpful platform for this endeavor. Any and all information contained herein is not intended to constitute advice (particularly not legal advice). Accordingly, persons requiring advice should consult independent advisors when developing programs and policies. We do not guarantee the accuracy of this information or any results and further assume no liability in connection with this publication and sample policies and procedures, including any information, methods or safety suggestions contained herein. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any of this information, whether to reflect new information, future developments, events or circumstances or otherwise. Moreover, Zurich reminds you that this cannot be assumed to contain every acceptable safety and compliance procedure or that additional procedures might not be appropriate under the circumstances. The subject matter of this publication is not tied to any specific insurance product nor will adopting these policies and procedures ensure coverage under any insurance policy.

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