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Crane Collapse Incidents and Lessons for Risk Management in Construction

While there is a bit of a pause in the construction development activity these days, there is some recent news out of New York and Texas regarding crane safety. Tuesday, January 9th, a crane collapsed in Manhattan injuring five people. According to the FDNY, four of the victim’s injuries were described to be minor, and one person was left with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. https://gothamist.com/news/5-injured-in-manhattan-crane-collapse-fdny-says In regards to the Texas Crane Collapse of 2019, a Dallas jury has awarded more than $860 Million to the family of one of the victims of the collapse. This is a solemn reminder of how important proper safety and controls are on any

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Additional Insured Vs. Named Insured on a Liability Insurance Policy

Email has been a part of our everyday life for quite some time now. These days with some restrictions imposed on face-to-face interaction, email has become an effective way to communicate. As a result of this the number of emails sent and received daily has been steadily increasing each year. According to Campaign Monitor an average person sends and receives 121 business emails per day. While, this is an effective way to communicate, handling such an amount of emails can become a challenge if one does not have a strategy of how to manage them. Managing incoming emails and ensuring that emails you send are effective is important in this

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For Mental Health Awareness Month – Review your Wellness Plan

For Mental Health Awareness Month – Review your Wellness Plan

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to raise awareness of a cause that while is a very significant issue, has not been brought to the forefront when speaking about either mental health or human capital risks.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention construction occupation has the highest rate of suicide across all careers. Senior leadership of an organization, which incorporates strategic risk management into their business plan, knows that having a wellness plan in place for their employees is essential. Implementing a robust wellness plan in the workplace encourages healthy activities among employees and puts the emphasis on safety which, in turn, will lead

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Three people discussing crucial details about the project and ensuring all construction insurance verification services are thoroughly handled.

While Constructing a Builder’s Risk Policy, Consider Soft Costs & Hard Costs

Every significant construction project needs a Builders Risk policy. Sounds simple enough, but the process of procuring the correct Builders Risk policy starts with an understanding of the project costs, construction timeline, and imagining potential claim scenarios. When an insured purchases an insurance policy, there is an expectation if a loss occurs; the insurance company will make the insured whole again.  This only happens when a Builders Risk policy is designed correctly.  The key to policy design is understanding and identifying the values at risk and how those values align with the actual insurance policy definitions.

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Silhouetted construction workers on a building framework, diligently practicing construction risk management, with cranes in the background during sunset.

How Site Safety Management and Site Security Reduce Construction Risk

  Site Security Protecting a Project’s assets is at the top of the list for most Developers and Lenders these days. Whether it be finances, property, or business, setting up some type of a security blanket for your project assets always adds additional comfort to the certainty of the project and desired outcomes. Most of the time these everyday risks can be covered through insurance; but what do you do when you are faced with protecting a growing (maturing) asset?

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Are Your Construction Projects at Risk Because of Cyber Exposures?

Are Your Construction Projects at Risk Because of Cyber Exposures?

The construction industry is changing rapidly and more and more projects are relying on emerging technologies for management and completion. There are now major cyber related concerns regarding “smart” equipment such as cranes and drones and SAAS/IAAS systems used for project planning and management. ‘Connected’ systems utilized by third-parties (general contractors and subcontractors) to share and centralize sensitive data may also expose a project to cyber risks.

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Aerial view of a construction site at the intersection of Little West 12th Street and 9th Avenue, showing a collapsed area

When Construction Shortcuts Become Criminal

Take a casual stroll in Manhattan and you can’t help but notice that construction is booming. Cranes, scaffolding, and sidewalk sheds are everywhere. And this isn’t just a New York City phenomenon. Ground-up construction and renovation projects are picking up all across the country. Low interest rates and favorable building conditions are resulting in a surge in real estate & development projects.

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Oil and Gas Consolidation: Hidden Risk in the Pipeline

Oil and Gas Consolidation: Hidden Risk in the Pipeline

Nine out of the 10 largest bankruptcies in the first half of 2016 were energy companies, according to investment insights publication The Turnaround Letter. Eight of those were oil and gas companies, specifically. Such widespread failures throw not just assets but whole segments of operations up for  grabs.  As the buyers assimilate these operations, it is no surprise that the acquisitions change the risk profiles of the new owners.

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A tall, modern skyscraper with a glass exterior is shown from below. Adjacent is a yellow construction crane

Construction Defects … Leave You with That Sinking Feeling

A case in point is the super sleek and very expensive Millennium Towers building in San Francisco. According to reports from independent consultants, the 58 story building has sunk about 16 inches and tilts about two inches to the Northwest. Settling is a natural process in any construction project and architects and engineers build that into their model; however, 16 inches since 2008 is a cause for concern. And, the sinking isn’t over. According to the August 9th article in Curbed San Francisco, the building is predicted to drop an additional eight to 15 inches into the ground.

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  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
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