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800-Pound Boulder Tragedy a Reminder of Risk in Transporting Goods

When transporting items commercially, securing your cargo properly could be the difference between life and death. A mother and daughter were tragically killed this month in Minnesota after an 800-pound boulder fell off a truck and struck their car, according to police. This tragedy – and others that do not involve loss of life –…

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Thai Cave Rescue: How Volunteers & Organizations Can Reduce Risk of Lawsuits

The rescue of 12 youth soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand captivated the world this week. The boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16, and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in northern Thailand on June 23 before they became trapped inside following heavy…

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Vacant Dwelling Coverage: Protecting Assets when No One is Home

In April 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that national vacancy rates in the first quarter of 2018 were seven percent for rental housing and 1.5 percent for homeowner housing. In total, there were an estimated 17,161 vacant housing units in the United States for Q1 2018. While there is ample opportunity for retail brokers…

Crafting Coverage for Artisan Contractors

Home and commercial property remodeling in the U.S. generates $112 billion in revenue each year, showing an eight percent increase over the last five years. This increase illustrates a greater demand for skilled trade workers, which in turn gives rise to liability claims that can bring massive losses. Should an injury or property damage occur,…

NFL Draft Will Turn Athletes into Millionaires – and Make Them Prime Targets for Risk

More than 200 players will be selected in this week’s NFL draft, marking a turning point in both their professional and personal lives that also brings added liability with increased income and fame. First-round picks in particular will make millions of dollars as the 2017 draft reminded us, with the first overall pick expected to…

A Proactive Approach to Contractors Pollution Liability Insurance

Contractors Pollution Liability Insurance comprises approximately 20-25 percent of environmental insurance purchased worldwide1. However, market penetration of those who need environmental insurance is only around 10 percent2, leaving 90 percent uninsured. Gina Jones, Vice President and Director, Environmental Programs, Burns & Wilcox, discusses the low level of penetration, saying “More than a billion dollars in…

It’s Time to Talk Flood Insurance

Floods are the number one national disaster in the U.S. and the cost of recovery from flooding grows every year.  Most homeowners don’t suspect they are at risk. However, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods in the past five years and 20 percent of all flood related insurance claims are on properties…

3 Types of Insurance Premium Fraud and How to Detect it

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates insurance fraud to cost in excess of $40 billion each year, with premium diversion at the top of the list1. Premium Fraud is the willful misrepresentation of information with the intent of paying less than the appropriate premium for an insurance policy or insurance coverage. “There are always…

The Rise in Mobile Apps & Need for Tech E&O Insurance

Technology firms are beginning to silently carry the small business sector as 62 percent of small businesses already have, or are in the process of building, a mobile application to support their business. Of those businesses, 30 percent have revenue generating mobile applications or apps.1  With approximately two-thirds of the country’s small businesses depending on…