BDMA escalates call for key worker status

The British Damage Management Association has stepped up its campaign calling on the government to assign essential key worker status to its members focused on disaster restoration and repair in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Adrian Jolly, BDMA strategic development director, has written directly to Government departments and Secretaries of State outlining that BDMA members “provide an essential service to people in a time of absolute desperation and crisis and would like to continue to support them, in this, their greatest time of need. “

The direct campaign is in addition to work via the Association of British Insurers and the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters with the Financial Conduct Authority and Government on the issue of key workers.

In the letters, Jolly points out that the recent storms Ciara and Dennis wreaked havoc, “causing disruption and anguish to thousands of people. Our members are those individuals and organisations charged with the essential job of restoring those people’s properties to pre-incident condition.

“The work is ongoing, as is the daily response to other property damages including fire and escape of water, which if left untreated, can cause secondary damage such as mould, presenting a real danger to health for inhabitants.

“I am therefore writing to request that the government formally acknowledge Property Damage Restoration Technicians as essential workers.”

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