Workplace Safety Experts Slingsby Warns 'Flooding Can Drown A Business'
Released on: December 08, 2010, 6:16 am
AS FLOODING becomes an ever increasing risk in the UK, many
organisations are investing in flood protection products as a
precaution against the severe disruption that water damage can do to a
business according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby.
The Association of British Insurers has revealed that since 2000 the cost of flood
damage in the UK has soared by more than 200 per cent with insurers paying out £4.5
billion since the start of the decade, which is up from £1.5 billion between 1990
and 2000. Slingsby sells more than 35,000 products across all industries and in
recent years the company has introduced a range of flood defence products as a
direct result of customer demand.
Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby says: “Flooding is becoming an ever
increasing threat to many workplaces and as we've seen in recent years it can
happen at almost any time during the year. Many businesses that experience a flood
never reopen and with the Government recently announcing investment cuts in flood
defences, we're seeing increasing numbers of businesses buying flood protection
products purely as an insurance policy.
“Even though a business may not be located near to a river or other such water
source, it could still be affected by surface or groundwater flooding which can be
very difficult to predict. Although it's impossible to completely flood-proof a
property there are lots of things that can be done to help prevent flood damage and
make drying-out and cleaning up much quicker and easier.”
Lee continues: “In buildings that are at risk of flooding, for fixed items and
furniture, it's a good idea to use water resistant materials such as stainless
steel or plastic where possible and electrical equipment and machinery can sit on
raised plinths. It also makes sense to raise electrical sockets and fuse boxes and
store valuable items on high-mounted shelves.
“Most importantly any insurance policies covering buildings and contents should be
checked to determine what cover they offer for flood damage. It's also worth
notifying insurers when making any modifications to buildings because it could
result in lower premiums.”
Below is a selection of products from Slingsby's range that are all proving
especially popular with businesses and organisations looking to protect themselves
against the risks of flooding. They are all available from Slingsby by visiting
www.slingsby.com or by calling 0800 294 4440.
For high resolution images of any products please call Steve Wright on 0113 257 6633
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandbags either filled or unfilled
Robust bags for flood protection. Either Hessian or polypropylene available. Online
prices from £66.50 + VAT for a pack of 50 or £114 for 25 filled.
Flood barrier (others available)
Accredited with the BSI Kitemark for flood protection for building apertures. 25mm
thick, steel boxed frame that expands telescopically on the horizontal and vertical
plane. Enveloped by a 7mm thick neoprene jacket that, when expanded, forms a
waterproof seal. Installation approximately 2 minutes. Does not require any
permanent fittings to the property. Easy to use, store and maintain. Can be placed
on the inside, useful for fire doors.
Online prices from £349 + VAT
Air brick cover
Choice of 2 sizes. Made from GRP moulded plastic. Once fitted takes only seconds to
seal the unit. Can be hand painted if required.
Online prices from £85.50 + VAT
Submersible dirty water pump
Removes dirty water with particles up to 20mm at high speed. Suitable for use in
flooded areas, ponds and pools, etc. Water level monitoring by means of a float
switch allows the pump to work automatically between predetermined levels. Maximum
output - 7,000 l/h. Maximum immersion depth - 9m. 320W. Maximum pressure head /
pressure - 6m / 0.6 bar.
Online price - £56.95 + VAT
Media contact:- Steve Wright on 0113 2576633.
Note to editor:-
Slingsby was established in Bradford during 1893 by Harry Crowther Slingsby who
designed and created a range of robust trucks and trolleys to move heavy loads
horizontally around large buildings. Several members of the Slingsby family remain
on the board of directors and whilst the company is still famous for its manual
handling equipment, it now supplies more than 35,000 workplace products to a full
range of industries via its catalogues and website. With severe winter weather
already being experienced in the UK many businesses are urged to stock up on snow shovels and rock salt, Slingsby are able to meet this requirement with a wide range of winter weather equipment such as grit bins and salt spreaders too, for further information visit www.slingsby.com
Contact Details: Steve Wright
Slingsby Press Contact
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