It’s likely that boilers, HVAC systems, and pressure vessels aren’t the sexiest parts of your business operations. And, as they’re usually out of sight, these also tend to be out of mind.
But any building — be it a fabrication plant, office building, school, or hospital — relies on heating and cooling equipment to keep its occupants comfortable. Many production and storage activities depend on temperature-controlled processes, or on pressure vessels to safely contain and/or transfer liquid or gaseous chemicals.
Failures of any of these systems can cause destruction; facility shutdown; prolonged loss of business; and tragic, even fatal, accidents — as was the case when a boiler explosion at a box company in St. Louis damaged three buildings and claimed several lives.
Prevent catastrophic incidents by understanding the risks — and taking steps to mitigate them.
There are a number of factors that make building systems a matter of safety concern.
Nearly 10% of boiler or pressure vessel inspections uncover failure in some part of the system-and that likely understates overall building equipment risks.
The most common areas of concern include:
Building systems inevitably age, corrode, and deteriorate. But vigilance and maintenance can minimize dangerous boiler, HVAC, or pressure vessel breakdowns.
Awareness, proper maintenance, regular inspections and having experts on your team can help keep systems running, extend the life of your equipment, provide a financial safety net if the worst happens — and prevent tragedy.
Risk engineering specialists at Chubb are trained to identify and help mitigate potential boiler, HVAC or pressure vessel risk factors that are associated with a wide range of industries and market segments, as well as enable restoration and recovery efforts.
Learn how Chubb's Risk Engineering Services can help protect your business.