AXA UK is providing bodycams to contractors so they can record essential remedial work on buildings that contain flammable cladding and insulation. A lack of records of the materials used in the construction of multi-occupancy buildings like Grenfell Tower sets a huge challenge in identifying those that are affected and what needs to be replaced. Flammable insulation and poor workmanship can be hidden beneath external cladding, and evidence of what has been done has often been impossible to trace once work is completed and contractors have left the site.

The recordings will provide detailed information about materials used, together with evidence of working practices and site management for the areas being refurbished. The video can be livestreamed if required so contractors can liaise directly with AXA risk engineers.

AXA’s Director of Customer Risk Management Dougie Barnett said: “Our business resilience team has been capturing videos of commercial risks in this way for the past three years for underwriters to review, so it made sense to extend this practice to these building remediations. It means underwriters can clearly see what’s been done when they assess risk and provide a quote with confidence.”

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