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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...

Risks and rules for small commercial drones

Drones are entering the mainstream. The agriculture and real estate industries may currently dominate commercial usage, but a wide and varied market is shaping up. Many fields can use drone...

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,...

Another successful forum!

Engineering and Safety Service (E&S ™ ) held our annual E&S Loss Control Executive Forum on April 6–8 in Tampa, Florida, and it was a great success. Forty senior-level loss professionals and guests...

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...

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...

Workers' Compensation Leaders Research Colloquium

I recently participated in a workers' compensation (WC) leaders research colloquium at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) .  The meeting brought together a small grou...

Enterprise Risk Management in an Increasingly Nuanced Business World

The financial crisis in 2008 exposed risk managers to new challenges and forever changed the way many companies do business. Yet, according to a 2013 Treasury Risk Survey , 38 percent of companies ...