In a bid to set new benchmarks for Australia’s insurance restoration industry, Arcbuild Managing Director and Master Builders Association board member Darren Paxton is developing a specialised curriculum for residential and commercial contractors.
“I have met with a number of industry professionals who are very interested in developing courses to specifically help staff operating in the areas of natural and man-made disaster clean-up and restoration,” Mr Paxton said.
Having previously established the Australian Insurance Restoration Professionals (AIRP), the non-profit professional trade association, Mr Paxton is keen to further regulate and improve the professionalism of insurance building restoration companies nationwide.
“While we have focussed on OH&S procedures that primarily target insurance repairs, these one-day courses will address a range of topics such as the dangers of dealing with contaminated water during floods, toxic gases on fire sites, and initial assessments of damaged infrastructure,” Mr Paxton said, adding that course participants would then be issued with a certified safety card.
“I would also like to see the course legislated through the Master Builders Association so all staff working on insurance repairs are required to have this safety induction card for events and BAU. “The ultimate goal,” Mr Paxton continued, “is to equip restoration professionals with the right skills to help property owners of all sizes recover from unexpected disasters, whether they be small basement floods or large commercial property fires.”