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Trucking Industry Imperiled by Spike in ‘Nuclear Verdicts’

Trucking Industry Imperiled by Spike in ‘Nuclear Verdicts’

Jury awards that exceed $10 million, also known as “nuclear verdicts,” are on the rise in the trucking industry and could make it more difficult for transportation companies to stay in business, CNBC recently reported. According to a 2020 report from the American Transportation Research Institute, the average U.S. trucking industry lawsuit verdict increased 967% between 2010 to 2018, soaring…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group Following the release of our Burns & Wilcox Property & Casualty Market Overview and Forecast: Eye on 2021 report last quarter the already challenged Commercial and Personal insurance marketplace was greeted with yet another extraordinary event—Winter Storm Uri (February 13-17). The widespread impact resulted in over 170…

Driving through the Transportation Market: Challenges and Conditions

Driving through the Transportation Market: Challenges and Conditions

Watch as our experts as they explore the challenges within the Transportation market and what’s driving current market conditions. During this webinar, we discuss: The pandemic’s impact and how the industry is recovering The use of data and technology solutions Changing risk appetites https://vimeo.com/540672001/1c3eb82e39

Piney Point Wastewater Cleanup Near Tampa Bay Could Cost $200 Million

Piney Point Wastewater Cleanup Near Tampa Bay Could Cost $200 Million

Wastewater disposal, site cleanup and complete closure of a former phosphate mining facility in Manatee County, Florida could cost up to $200 million, said Florida state officials this week as they debated the allocation of funding to begin the cleanup process. Piney Point, which opened as a fertilizer plant in 1966 and was abandoned in 2001, has been a source…

Clearing the Air on Environmental Risk

Clearing the Air on Environmental Risk

Environmental losses, site pollution risks and Environmental Insurance solutions were among the topics addressed in a webinar hosted by Burns & Wilcox. Environmental losses that are not covered by insurance are thought to amount to about $1 billion per year. This is largely because many business owners do not believe they have an environmental exposure; those in sectors that do…

General Contractor Fined $25,000 for Sewage Spill

General Contractor Fined $25,000 for Sewage Spill

The Hawaii Department of Health issued a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order on January 7 against a contractor responsible for a sewage spill that sent 28,000 gallons of untreated domestic sewage into Reed’s Bay, just off the coast of the Big Island. The leak occurred on November 30, when workers for Maui-based Goodfellow Bros., LLC, a general contractor…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Transportation Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Transportation Insurance

A shortage of qualified, experienced drivers is contributing to increased risks in the transportation industry. To learn more about the state of the industry and its implications for Transportation Insurance, we spoke with John Woods, Vice President, National Practice Group Leader, Transportation, Burns & Wilcox, Scottsdale, Arizona. How does the shortage of drivers impact transportation risks? The continuing shortage of…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Environmental Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Environmental Insurance

Mold contamination, storage tank leaks and other environmental hazards can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve, yet approximately 90 percent of all environmental losses are not covered by insurance. To learn more about mitigating environmental risks, we spoke with Gina Jones, Vice President, Director, Environmental Programs, Burns & Wilcox. What businesses are at risk for environmental losses? G.J.:…

Hurricane-Force Winds Flip 45 Semi-Trucks in 20 Minutes

Hurricane-Force Winds Flip 45 Semi-Trucks in 20 Minutes

In a span of just 20 minutes on September 8, wind gusts of nearly 100 miles per hour flipped 45 semi-trucks on some Northern Utah highways. Four drivers were hospitalized with injuries and one semi-truck driver suffered a fatal head injury when the wind blew open his cargo door during a delivery and knocked him to the ground. Authorities said…

Hurricane Laura Slams Energy Industry Reeling from Pandemic

Hurricane Laura Slams Energy Industry Reeling from Pandemic

Oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico was slowed significantly beginning on August 23, as a pair of tropical storms approached U.S. shores and forced the shutdown and evacuation of nearly 300 offshore platforms. Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S., made landfall on August 27, devastating the city of Lake Charles,…

Market Overview: Transportation Insurance

Market Overview: Transportation Insurance

By: John McGlynn, Director of Transportation, Burns & Wilcox Canada Canada and the United States have the largest two-way trade relationship in the world. According to Statistics Canada, nearly 2.4 million commercial vehicles traveled between Canada and the U.S. in December 2019 alone, highlighting the cause and effect nature of the commercial trucking relationship between the two countries. Unfortunately, in…

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

The former owner and manager of two apartment complexes in Washington, D.C. will pay $3.5 million to settle a tenant lawsuit alleging rat and bed bug infestations, sewage leaks, mold contamination and other hazards. The lawsuit, brought by the district’s attorney general in October 2018, also claimed the buildings’ hundreds of tenants were subjected to persistent violence, including multiple homicides…

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