Hazard

3D printer risks investigated

In a previous blog post— 3D Printers: Do emitted chemicals from inexpensive desktop models pose health risks? —we discussed a study on emissions and possible risks associated with small commercial...

3D Printers: Do emitted chemicals from inexpensive desktop models pose health risks?

With prices of 3D printers dropping below $500, inexpensive units have moved increasingly into schools, universities, offices, and homes. Gartner Inc., a technology research and advisory firm,...

Stairs aren’t needed for a “slip and fall”

For workers' compensation insurers and those in loss control, slips, trips, and falls are all too common a challenge. Prevention is a complex problem and one garnering the attention of scientists...

Drought forecasts serve as a warning for insurers

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released a new report: “Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis.” It assesses the effects of drought on...

The high frequency of fires in grocery and convenience stores

According to the December 2015, report Structure Fires in Stores and Other Mercantile Properties published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grocery and convenience stores have th...

California imposes new notice of lapse requirements on insurers

Insurers that write private passenger automobile and residential property insurance offering six months or longer of coverage are now subject to an expanded policyholder notice requirement. This...

Alarming smoke alarm stats in college housing

A recent report featured disturbing facts about college housing and smoke alarms. According to Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015) , smoke detectors were either missing or...

Hooray for Hollywood?

It’s not often that our work with properties intersects with the glamour of Hollywood, but there’s one area where it occasionally does — automatic sprinkler systems. They’re commonly depicted in...

Assessing commercial property risks before they get too risky

I’m not a gambler, and I always choose my words carefully. Essentially, I’m not a risk taker by nature, and, most likely, you’re the same. I guess that’s why we work in insurance. However, lately a...