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HSB Engineer Surveyor
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A day in the life of a HSB Engineer Surveyor

Darren Morris, Engineer Surveyor - Ireland

"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 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 educating customers on the risks associated with any lack of equipment maintenance, or not carrying out supplementary tests due to their (incorrect) thinking that the service we provide are just optional recommendations. 

Darren Morris - HSB Engineer Surveyor
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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!"

How HSB can help

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 electrical wiring.

HSB Risk Management Solutions: 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.