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$80 Million Country Club Fire May Have Started With Construction Work

$80 Million Country Club Fire May Have Started With Construction Work

A fire that destroyed much of a historic country club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, may have been started by construction work involving a propane torch, new video footage suggests. The Feb. 17 blaze at Oakland Hills Country Club caused an estimated $80 million in damage to the clubhouse and was a near “total loss,” according to reports. Video recovered from…

Officials Investigate Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse That Injured 10

Officials Investigate Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse That Injured 10

Cleanup and investigation efforts are underway at the site of the Forbes Avenue Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the bridge collapsed on Jan. 28. A city bus and several other vehicles were on the bridge when it came crashing down, injuring 10 individuals in a terrifying ordeal that left motorists fearing for their lives. The 447-foot bridge, which was built…

Semi-Truck Strikes Crane Resulting in Highway Construction Tragedy

Semi-Truck Strikes Crane Resulting in Highway Construction Tragedy

A road construction worker was tragically killed on I-94 in Michigan on Aug. 27 after a semi-truck struck the crane that the worker was operating. According to Michigan State Police, the worker was completing bridgework on an overpass near Paw Paw and had attempted to jump from the equipment before it was hit by the semi-truck. The worker died at…

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Two workers narrowly avoided serious injuries after being thrown from horizontal metal beams at a construction site on the Boston University campus May 14. The accident happened when a steel column fell to the side, causing the adjacent beams to topple “like dominoes” and partially collapse the steel frame of what is slated to become a 13-story data sciences building…

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

The homeowner’s association for a luxury, oceanfront condo tower in Florida recently settled its construction defects lawsuit against the tower’s developer, contractors and architect for $17.5 million. The Regalia on the Ocean Condominium Association in Sunny Isles Beach filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging construction flaws including improperly-installed pool joints, unsafe steam rooms and problems with sliding glass doors. As…

Meeting the Demand of an Accelerating Construction Market

Meeting the Demand of an Accelerating Construction Market

Construction-related risks and Construction Insurance solutions were among the topics addressed in a webinar hosted by Burns & Wilcox and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage. As construction activity picks up across the U.S. and Canada after a challenging 2020, general contractors and other professionals in the industry are navigating changes in the Construction Insurance marketplace. In fact, construction is one of…

Meeting Demand of an Accelerating Construction Market

Meeting Demand of an Accelerating Construction Market

Our experts gathered to discuss the Construction market, dynamics depending on region, and the key verticals within the industry. View the webinar below to learn about: The economic impact on the state of the market How the market differs across the country Problematic classes of business, excess liability and builders risk   https://vimeo.com/525800398/abd7eac0c0

Ask the Expert Q&A: Construction Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Construction Insurance

From job site accidents to construction defects, the construction industry encompasses a wide range of perils. To learn more about Construction Insurance, we spoke with Susie Parks, Vice President, Broker, Casualty, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Scottsdale, Arizona. What are the greatest risks currently facing contractors in the construction industry? S.P.: Unfortunately, due to the economic fallout from COVID-19, and other…

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…

Construction Risk & COVID-19

Construction Risk & COVID-19

Presented by: Denis Brady, President, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Marc Adler, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage and David Gross, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage During this webinar we: Explored excess liability market conditions Understood environmental capacity and saturation Recognized the “new normal” created by COVID-19 https://vimeo.com/426395228/f36cea015f

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Last month, KDA Architecture agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Yakima School District in Washington over water and mold damage. The alleged design flaws were related to a nearly 750-foot blue wall, constructed of stainless-steel shingles and porcelain tiles that cut through the center of the high school campus. Shortly after completion of the…

Stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab Sued by Owners of $1.36 Million Renovated Home

Stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab Sued by Owners of $1.36 Million Renovated Home

The stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab are being sued by the buyers of a luxury home they renovated. The homeowners said their $1.36 million dream house became a nightmare, alleging the contractors are responsible for water leaking into the kitchen from an upstairs bathroom, a roof that was never replaced as promised, crumbling mortar and other major construction issues.…

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