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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…

Onion Recall Expanded After 800 Sickened With Salmonella

Onion Recall Expanded After 800 Sickened With Salmonella

A recent recall of fresh onions has now been linked to at least 808 salmonella infections and includes onions from multiple sources, including HelloFresh and EveryPlate meal kits. According to an Oct. 29 update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the salmonella outbreak has caused illness across 37 states and Puerto Rico and hospitalized 157 individuals. It has so…

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…

Eye on Q4: Environmental Insurance Overview

Eye on Q4: Environmental Insurance Overview

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Eye on Q4: Specialty Insurance Overview

Eye on Q4: Specialty Insurance Overview

During this webinar, our experts provide outlook into the fourth quarter of 2021, with specific insights into Brokerage Property, Environmental, and Commercial Insurance. Hosted by Paul Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group. https://vimeo.com/625777766/615b9b2381

Ask the Expert Q&A: Manufacturing & Distribution Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Manufacturing & Distribution Insurance

Supply chain difficulties and rising costs are among the top challenges currently facing the manufacturing and distribution industry. To learn more about Manufacturing & Distribution Insurance, Crain’s Content Studio spoke with Angela Tam, Vice President, Brokerage Manager, Burns & Wilcox, San Francisco, California. What is the greatest risk in the manufacturing and distribution industry today? A.T.: The supply chain interruption…

Hurricane Ida Linked to Over 2,000 Water Pollution Reports

Hurricane Ida Linked to Over 2,000 Water Pollution Reports

An 11-mile-long oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is one of more than 2,000 reports of water pollution being investigated by authorities in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida tore through the state on Aug. 29. The ruptured pipeline is located just south of oil and gas hub Port Fourchon, where the Category 4 storm caused significant damage and forced the…

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…

Neutrogena, Aveeno Sunscreens Recalled After Carcinogen Found in Samples

Neutrogena, Aveeno Sunscreens Recalled After Carcinogen Found in Samples

A variety of Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen sprays are being recalled by Johnson & Johnson after trace amounts of benzene, a known carcinogen, were found in samples of the products. The voluntary recall announced July 14 affects five sunscreens that were distributed nationwide and packaged in aerosol cans. The company and the FDA are now investigating how the chemical might…

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.…

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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