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Laptop Charging on Bed Ignites Apartment Fire in Northwest Austin

Laptop Charging on Bed Ignites Apartment Fire in Northwest Austin

A bedroom fire at an apartment complex in northwest Austin, Texas, on Nov. 4 was reportedly caused by a laptop left charging on a bed. The blaze, which displaced one resident but caused no injuries, was extinguished by a sprinkler system and caused an estimated $8,000 in property damage, CBS Austin reported. Just days later in the same city, a…

‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting Likely to Prompt Major Lawsuits, Experts Say

‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting Likely to Prompt Major Lawsuits, Experts Say

The accidental shooting that resulted in the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust could lead to a “tremendous legal fallout,” Time magazine recently reported. Reports indicate that Hutchins died after producer and actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that contained a live round. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q3 Market Overview & Q4 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q3 Market Overview & Q4 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group We are pleased to share our third quarter Property & Casualty Market Overview and Forecast, prepared immediately following industry conferences and meetings that are clear bellwethers of what to anticipate. September, as we know, is Reinsurance Month which sets the stage for pivotal year-end negotiations of January 1…

Pedal Pubs Prompt Concerns After Falls and Injuries

Pedal Pubs Prompt Concerns After Falls and Injuries

A recent video that shows a man stumbling off a Tennessee pedal pub and falling into a moving car has added to growing concerns over the safety of open-air bike bars and other so-called “transportainment” vehicles where alcohol is served. In the video, a man is seen sitting in the backseat of a parked Nashville Pedal Tavern vehicle before falling…

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…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q2 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q2 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is abundantly clear, the “new normal” will reshape all of our organizations. One of our many goals is to keep you updated on the rapidly evolving insurance marketplace where adjustments have arguably never been more fluid.…

Eye on Q3: Casualty Insurance Overview

Eye on Q3: Casualty Insurance Overview

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Restaurant Labor Shortages Strain Recovery Efforts, Escalate Risks

Restaurant Labor Shortages Strain Recovery Efforts, Escalate Risks

Despite moderately increased sales and rising consumer confidence in the safety of dining out, restaurants in the U.S. and Canada are still facing a major hurdle in their efforts to reopen: they do not have enough workers. Restaurants employed 1.5 million fewer workers in May of this year compared to pre-pandemic levels, TIME magazine recently reported, and one survey found…

Six Flags Ride Accident Demonstrates Liability Risk of Summer Fairs and Events

Six Flags Ride Accident Demonstrates Liability Risk of Summer Fairs and Events

Two amusement park visitors were taken to the hospital on June 13 after a ride malfunction at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. The incident happened on the Saw Mill Log Flume ride when one of its boats nearly tipped over after making a four-story descent into the water. The 18- and 22-year-old riders who were hurt…

Fire at Historic Mackinac Island Home Causes $1 Million in Damages

Fire at Historic Mackinac Island Home Causes $1 Million in Damages

A historic home on Michigan’s famed Mackinac Island caught fire on May 30, leaving more than $1 million in damages to the 120-year-old cottage. No one was injured in the blaze, which was reportedly caused by a chimney failure that occurred about two hours after a fireplace was lit on the home’s first floor. Fire officials described the roof and…

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…

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