HSB technical bulletin: Equipment start-up following an extended shut down period

19 May 2020

As we continue to speak with all our Insurer Partners, we have received the following update from HSB Engineering, which, as your network, we wanted to highlight to you.

Following the Government announcement on the relaxing of the current lockdown rules, we are going to start seeing clients returning to their sites. Under the new guidelines, trading activity is likely to be limited, and with potentially skeleton staff doing split shifts, then machinery and technology will play an even bigger role.

Following an extended period of businesses being shut down, parts and components can corrode and become seized and / or strained; potentially leading to breakdown, damage or even catastrophic failure upon start-up. It is, therefore, good practice for commercial property owners / building managers to perform basic checks prior to machinery / electrical installation / mechanical system start-up, following an extended shut down period. This will help avoid unnecessary damage, breakdown and subsequent delays to trading just as your client are starting to plan how they recover from the pandemic. 

HSB is one of the UK’s leading providers of statutory inspection and equipment breakdown insurance and, we have therefore produced a document as guidance. This advice is designed to complement the defined maintenance start-up processes. A fully documented risk assessment should be done. 

Please feel free to distribute this to your clients as you see fit and should they have any questions, we are happy to assist. We are also here should you clients wish to review their inspection or breakdown requirements.

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