A day in the life of a HSB Engineer Surveyor


Authored by HSB Engineer Surveyor Darren Morris

"A typical day starts early for me and involves coffee! If it’s a run day, it starts even earlier so that I can head out the door, exercise for 45 minutes, and get back home again for a cold shower and 10 pages of reading (currently Breathe by Rickson Gracie; MMA & BJJ pioneer and legend) before the house gets hectic when my two sons wake up! Get them showered, the usual breakfast routine and then ship them off to school so my own work day can start.

Before I leave the house, I sync my work iPad and check through my emails. Then it’s off to my customers’ sites to carry out thorough examinations.

Over my seven years at HSB, I’ve examined various types of plant and equipment. On a typical day, there can be a mix of passenger/goods lifts, forklift trucks, local exhaust ventilation and dust extraction systems, and commercial hot water heating boilers.

There are some customer sites where I examine equipment that is not so typical, like one of Europe’s largest passenger/goods lift, which can lift a massive 25 tonnes between floors and is large enough to reverse a lorry loaded with a fully-stocked 40ft shipping container into.

There are many interesting projects and aspects to my role. I enjoy learning about new systems and equipment, and implementing new procedures.

There can also be some challenges. These can include ensuring customers understand the risks associated with any lack of equipment maintenance, why supplementary tests support thorough examinations (by establishing if equipment is safe for continued use), and how important it is to recognise that the services we provide are required under applicable legislation.

That said, I always look forward to interacting with our customers; providing good customer service, building relationships and acting as a technical resource whilst providing a statutory compliance service to them and, ultimately, keeping them and their customers safe. It’s what I enjoy most about my job…oh, and driving the company car, I really, really like!"

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Inspection Services: Our network of competent, multi-skilled Engineer Surveyors help customers to maintain workplace equipment safety, optimise the efficiency of plant and equipment, and comply with applicable health and safety legislation; covering boiler/pressure, lifting, electrical/mechanical, dust and fume extraction, power press equipment, and fixed wiring (electrical).

HSB Risk Management Solutions: Consisting three engineering consultancy services to reduce risks, costs, and deliver compliance via improved analysis of businesses’ equipment, and health and safety practices. Each service is further split into modules, allowing customers to build them to fit their business.

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About HSB

HSB, part of Munich Re, is a leading specialist provider of engineering and technology insurance and inspection services.

Backed by over 150 years of innovation and covering a broad range of technologies and industry sectors, we help customers reduce risk through the provision of innovative construction, engineering, energy, and cyber insurance products.

Established in the U.S. in 1866, HSB’s founding principles of technical expertise and loss prevention remain at the forefront of the work we do today. Whether it’s engineering solutions for contractors, comprehensive machinery and technology insurance, innovative energy efficiency policies, or SME cyber risk covers, we have the knowledge to show customers how, working with HSB, they can stay ahead of emerging risks in a complex world.

With over 500 employees, and offices in Belfast, Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow, London and Manchester, we provide insurance and engineering inspection services that touch almost every aspect of work and life.

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