An organic waste shredder caught fire


Organic waste shredders are becoming more and more common in companies that recycle waste.

These motorised machines are particularly vulnerable to fire and require regular maintenance.

In this case, the shredder caught fire while in use after just a few days of operation following an overhaul.

The third party that suffered the loss, and their “equipment breakdown” insurer, sought the liability of the technician who had repaired the shredder a few days before the incident.


Investigations carried out on the equipment by GM Consultant loss adjusters showed that there was no causality link between the fire and the work performed by the repair technician. The investigations also showed that the areas of the motor subject to thermal stress had not been cleaned.

Therefore, the hypothesis that the fire broke out due to lack of daily maintenance by the operator was confirmed, and the technician was released from liability.