Computer room risk assessment


  • Thomas F. Barry

    1. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co., One State Street, Hartford, CT 06102
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    • Thomas F. Barry joined Hartford Steam Boiler in 1985 as a Fire Protection Consultant in the Engineering/Claim Department.

      He is a registered Professional Engineer with extensive experience in Industrial Fire Protection in the Chemical, Pulp and Paper and Electronics Industries. With a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Portland, Oregon, he is now writing his thesis for an M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He directs special projects for HSB such as, Computer Aided Engineering Projects, Fire Protection Hydraulic Analysis and writing of Engineering Guidelines.

  • Reprinted from the hartford steam boiled inspection and insurance company publication the locomotive65, no. 4, p. 75–81 (1986).


Large computer systems have become pervasive in today's “Information Society.” In airlines, banking, telecommunications and many other businesses, the computer system provides the competitive edge. The risk of damage to either equipment or data or both has become a vital concern.