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Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

Four Key Additional Insured Endorsements for Contractors

11/13/18

Construction contract negotiations, which determine the kind and amount of insurance required for a construction project, can be time-consuming, complicated and frustrating. Project owners require contractors on a project to name the project owner as an additional insured on the contractor’s casualty insurance program. It's important that both project owners and contractors understand the coverage provided by these additional insured endorsements. This article discusses four common ISO additional insured endorsements related to commercial general liability policies purchased by contractors, including their limitations, conditions and exclusions.

Manufacturing, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Freight Forwarders Risk: A Growing and Evolving Market Segment

11/13/18

Many businesses that depend on the export and import of goods contract with freight forwarders to manage the intricate logistics of international trade. As the number of freight forwarders operating in the United States continues to grow and their roles continue to expand, new risks are being generated that require quick adaptation and innovative underwriting solutions. This article identifies the ever-evolving risks that freight forwarders face and explores coverage options for this growing market.

Cyber Liability, Professional Lines, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Top 10 Cyber Risks Facing the Transportation and Logistics Industry

09/18/18

​Every industry has exposure to cyber risks, including transportation and logistics. While these industries worked from paper and wheels for many years, now there are both internal and external networks that are critical to operating in this industry group. This article discusses the unique cyber risks facing the transportation and logistics sector, coverages to address these threats, and proactive cyber risk management tools.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty, Transportation

State of the Transportation Market

05/17/18

​In both primary and excess liability, accounts are seeing some increases, but the worst may be behind us. As is typical in the transportation sector, troubled accounts are facing higher costs and placement challenges. In an ever changing marketplace, claims, safety and technology are at the forefront and buyers can no longer simply consider price.

Construction, Property, Property & Casualty

Ordinance or Law Insurance Coverage

01/11/18

Ordinance or Law insurance coverage provides limited protection for costs associated with repairing, rebuilding, or constructing a structure when physical damage to the structure by a covered cause of loss triggers an ordinance or law. Compliance with ordinances and laws after a loss can add 50% or more to the cost of a claim. This article will help you educate your insureds on exclusions and limitations and help them take a proactive approach to their insurance program.

Healthcare (P&C), Property & Casualty

State of the Healthcare Market

12/14/17

The healthcare market remains ultra-competitive, despite economic forces and political uncertainty that would typically unnerve underwriters. However, while declining premiums and extra coverage may appeal to customers, not all capacity is created equal. Partnering with a wholesaler that is an expert in healthcare is essential for brokers seeking to expand their presence in this market.

Construction, Property & Casualty

American Institute of Architects 2017 Insurance Requirements – An Introduction

In early 2017, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) introduced updates to its form construction contract documents, including a new exhibit that addresses insurance requirements between the owner and contractor. Since these forms are considered construction industry standards, it is important for those handling insurance and risk matters for the construction industry to be aware of these changes to insurance requirements.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Why Your Employees' Driving Record Can Be a Reflection on Your Company

Due to the Doctrine of Negligent Entrustment, the consequences of allowing an employee with a poor driving record to operate any motor vehicle for work purposes extend beyond a possible traffic violation or accident. These seven tips will help you to proactively manage your drivers and maintain your CDL files as part of your fleet safety program.

Healthcare (P&C), Professional Lines, Property & Casualty

How To Protect Your Clients From Evolving Healthcare Regulations

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a law that imposes liability on persons or companies who have defrauded government programs and is the primary litigation tool used in combating fraud against the government. These tips and trends will help you navigate the changing healthcare landscape under the FCA.

Property, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Railroad Property Business Keeps Rolling

The engine and cars that come down the track are only a small part of the property of any railroad operation. Property exposures are as diverse and complex as railroads themselves and require a specialized approach to navigate the insurance marketplace.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

CGL Exclusions Common To Construction-Related Claims

The Commercial General Liability policy (CGL) is an essential factor in the equation that consists of building planning, financing, construction, operation, and protection from risk. Standard ISO form CGL policies contain an insuring clause subject to long-standing exclusions, which have been the subject of interpretation and case law over the years. This article focuses on the operation of the form’s exclusions j, k, and l.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

5 Risk Transfer Options for Owners and Developers

Owners and developers involved in construction projects must deal with the inherent risks involved with such projects. Their options are typically limited to avoiding, assuming, controlling/mitigating, or transferring the risk. This article addresses the most common risk transfer options.

Environmental, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Transportation Pollution Liability: From Point A to B and In Between

When a cement truck turns over and pollutes a stream, how is that insured’s exposure addressed? If a freight hauler is unloading drums of soap and one of those drums turns over and spills into a storm drain, how will the insured be protected? In the environmental marketplace, carriers will offer transportation pollution liability coverage to address these exposures.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Transportation

8 Areas in which the Electronic Logging Mandate will Impact Trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate which requires nearly all U.S. truck operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track duty status has been upheld in court and will take effect December 16, 2017. The mandate will impact not just the trucking industry, but the trucking insurance sector as well.

Casualty, Healthcare (P&C), Property & Casualty

3 Factors Threatening the Nursing Home Liability Market

With ample capacity in nursing home and long-term care liability insurance, competition remains strong among carriers. However, the convergence of three separate events are threatening to create a perfect storm in the marketplace.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

Additional Insured Endorsements – Which Apply?

Additional insured endorsements are not a universal remedy and coverage is contingent on making sure a written agreement or contract is in place, with the named insured specifically adding the people or organizations included.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

Additional Insured Endorsements - After the Work is Done

An endorsement like a CG 20 37 or similar can help provide options for completed operations coverage for additional insureds that might otherwise be overlooked or unavailable.

Transportation

CAB Usage in Underwriting Truckers

Finding coverage for an experienced motor carrier with an above average safety history should be an easy task. However, coverage is often determined by the way a risk is presented - and interpreted. Usage of tools like Central Analysis Bureau (CAB) reports can.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

Construction Defect Claims: An Update

Litigation over whether a Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance policy provides coverage for faulty workmanship claims is rapidly evolving. This article discusses situations where faulty work is considered an occurrence, when "property damage" becomes a factor, and how the "your work" exclusion and the subcontractor exception applies.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

Contractor Insurance Requirements – A Primer

When it comes to writing insurance requirements for contractors, there is a delicate balance to strike: protect insured interests while being reasonable and clear to contractors. This article discusses the importance of diligence in overseeing and enforcing such contractor insurance requirements.