AIRM Seminar AIRM Semi February Risk Manager
by Peter O'Toole
by Peter O'Toole
The relatively new issue of the use of pyrite in buildings foundations was the subject of a seminar presented by Kevin Currivan of OSG Loss Adjusters
Ian Davis, Martin Stairs & Ronan Meghen
Martin Stairs is a former President of the ISIA and a member of the board of the Private Security Authority ( PSA). He made a presentation to AIRM members giving us an update of security issues of interest. In his role with the PSA he outlined the licensing programme applicable to the following: • CCTV Installers and Central Monitoring Stations staff • Security Supervisors in all companies • Event Security • Locksmiths • Access Control • Security Consultants • Security Suppliers Martin expressed a personal opinion that there were too many Central Monitoring Stations and he feels there will be serious contraction in their numbers over the next few years.
Pyrite in particular has been used in the recent past as a foundation material in some house building. The difficulty with using this material is that it oxides in the presence of moisture and oxygen and can cause the stone fills to swell and the foundation slab to lift and crack if the amount of pyrite exceeds certain levels. With the difficulties that are occurring there a now a number of legal actions currently being taken against developers and quarry owners. The Seminar was extremely well attended with extra seating required for the vast number of members. Kevin’s presentation outlined the various issues involved in using pyrite as a foundation material and there was a very lively discussion amongst the attendance.
After a short coffee break the second part of his presentation covered EN50131 and new technologies. He made an interesting observation that while crime in Ireland is increasing it is in fact decreasing in the UK. However also in the UK crime against the person is increasing and feels that the same pattern will following in Ireland. Throughout his presentation Martin engaged with the audience and this resulted in a lively and informative meeting for all in attendance. Dan Managhan, Len Kelly & Michael Nicholson
Spring 2010 edition of Risk Manager Magazine