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From Motorcycles to Life-Saving Devices, 3D Printing Full of Promise and Risk

Every day, it seems, brings news of another milestone achieved thanks to 3D printing. Just last month doctors at Penn State Children’s Hospital surgically implanted a 3D-printed esophageal “splint” in 13-month-old Ramiah Martin, who was born without a trachea and with a malformed esophagus. Digital manufacturer Carbon and football helmet designer Riddell recently announced plans…

Highway a Sweet Mess after 40,000 Pounds of Liquid Chocolate Spills from Tanker

Though the resulting aroma was sweet, the rollover accident that caused a tanker truck to spill 40,000 pounds of hot, liquid chocolate on an Arizona freeway was anything but. There were no injuries or other vehicles involved in the accident, but the insurance impact is likely significant. The accident appeared to have been caused by…

Car Subscription Services Designed for Evolving Consumer Needs

As the North American International Auto Show kicks off next week in Detroit, one of the more talked about trends in the automotive industry is the growth in interest and investment in vehicle subscription services. These services are considered the “Netflix model of vehicle ownership and usage:” consumers pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars…

Insuring Santa Claus

From his bustling workshop to his nine loyal reindeer, Santa Claus operates one of the most complex enterprises in the world. That level of global intricacy requires an expert review of risk management strategies. “There are a number of insurance products that I would think Santa would have in place,” said Chris Zoidis, Corporate Executive…

California Utility Accused of Starting Deadly Camp Fire

Recent wildfires in California have resulted in a financial catastrophe that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke estimated will cost billions of dollars. Now a lawsuit suggests that one of the state’s largest utilities may be responsible for starting the Camp Fire that killed 86 and displaced 50,000 from their homes in November because of a poorly…

Purdue Clock Nearly Crushing Workers Illustrates Crane Exposures

A bell tower clock face undergoing maintenance at Purdue University crashed to the ground last week, nearly hitting two workers on a cherry picker lift. Incredibly, no one was injured in the incident, which was captured on a video that went viral over the weekend. The contractor hired to perform the maintenance, Verdin Company, is…

43 People in 12 States Sickened by E. Coli Outbreak

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a stark warning just before Thanksgiving about E. coli and romaine lettuce, restaurants and grocers across the country amended menus and pulled the produce from shelves. In the days since that warning, the CDC has said the lettuce is likely safe to eat, as long as it…

Largest Living Insect Heist Sparks Risk Conversation for Museums

When thieves stole 7,000 rare insects, snakes and reptiles from a Philadelphia museum in August, they forced the closure of two entire floors of the museum while it tried to replenish its $40,000 collection. Museum officials called the theft of zebra tarantulas, rhinoceros roaches and other exotic creatures the “largest living insect heist” in history….

Parties involved in $2.2 billion construction project face liability following disaster

The $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center construction project in downtown San Francisco is under intense public scrutiny for cracked support beams that closed the centerpiece of city infrastructure just weeks after it opened. An investigation will determine if the cracks are related to fabrication, installation or design, and if one or more specific parties are…

Cannabis: A Growing Risk

Between the national legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada effective October 17 and the ongoing state ballot proposals related to public consumption in the U.S., cannabis remains one of the most debated topics for consumers and business owners today. Many Canadian businesses have already begun to make edible cannabis products even before those types…