Hot works fires – three multi-million pound losses

Fires involving hot works may be rare, but when they occur, the damage to property is often substantial. Sparks can quickly spread to neighbouring buildings and cause fires that are hard to bring under control.

Investigations into the causes of hot work fires often find they could have been avoided if proper safety procedures had been observed.

In this article, Stewart Powell and Graham Herridge, from Zurich's Major Loss Team, discuss three significant claims we have handled recently, all relating to major fires during roofing work.