Blog Category: Risk Management
The first half of 2017 was marked by significant loss – not only in dollars, but, more tragically, lives as well. Three tornado outbreaks ripped through various parts of the country, resulting in over $3 billion of damage. Parts of California experienced severe flooding after a massive rainfall that caused a $1 billion loss. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria triggered one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in history. Needless to say, 2017 has not been good to the insurance industry from a global perspective. The U.S. property and casualty industry has recorded a net underwriting loss of $5.1 billion for the first six months of 2017, compared to only $2 billion for the same period in 2016.¹
From autonomous vehicles to smart refrigerators, technology seems to be transforming nearly every aspect of our lives. It’s playing a bigger role in almost everything we do, including how we source our food. The agriculture industry has experienced a significant tech boom and, as a result, produce is reaching consumers quicker, safer and more efficiently than ever before.
High seas, salty air and sword fights. It may be hard to believe, but the first historical accounts of workers’ compensation are linked to pirates. As motivation to participate in this dangerous trade, they were often rewarded in gold if they sustained significant injuries. The bigger the sacrifice, the bigger the reward.
Each year, employers spend billions – yes, billions of dollars resolving issues related to overexertion injuries. In fact, these claims have been repeatedly identified as the leading cause of disabling workplace injuries in the United States. What’s more important, however, is that many of these injuries can be prevented through the application of a few ergonomic analysis tools.
What Really Adds Up to TCOR
You’re my hero! Have you ever said that when someone did a simple favor like loaning you an umbrella during a storm or holding the door when your hands were full? I’m sure you appreciated the gesture, but were their actions truly heroic (which can be defined as brave, courageous, valiant, superhuman, etc.)? It’s become common practice in the English language to overuse words and phrases to the point that we dilute their value and begin to misuse them.
Change is in the Air
The transition to a new administration often creates the expectation for change – change in legislation and policies that, among many things, could significantly impact the way businesses operate in the United States. Most would describe the Trump administration as “employer friendly,” which has caused speculation that federal oversight regarding employment practices liability (EPL) will be less aggressive under our new President. Sounds like positive news for employers, right? Well, not so fast.
Look Back to Plan Ahead
SilverStone Group has dedicated nearly 20 years of risk management service to healthcare professionals and facilities. Beginning with just a handful of clients two decades ago, we now work with hundreds of healthcare facilities and almost 1,000 physicians across the Midwest and beyond. This experience helps us predict and observe trends through the data we collect and analyze for our customers. We are familiar with what is going on in the more litigious parts of the country and can advise our customers on emerging risks and prevention strategies before problems hit home.
Try to imagine that you’re stranded in the ocean, struggling to keep your head above water. Someone finally throws you a life preserver, but you find out it’s full of holes and isn’t going to keep you afloat. It’s a devastating feeling to be thrown a lifeline, only to discover it isn’t strong enough to provide the help you need. This could be the unfortunate reality for many people who count on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for financial protection in the event of a flood.
You don’t have to watch the news for long to know that gun violence is a serious problem in the United States. What many people aren’t aware of is that nearly half of all active shooter events occur in a place of business. This alarming statistic should serve as a wake-up call for business owners. Does your business have terrorism insurance in the event of workplace violence?
Remember that story about the three little pigs and the big bad wolf? It had an important message, but as children we were probably just relieved to learn that one of the pigs outsmarted the big bad wolf. As you may recall, the old fable was about three little pigs who were each building a house. The first little pig quickly built a house of straw, while the second little pig built a house of sticks. The third little pig worked hard all day to build a house of bricks. One day, the big bad wolf paid them all a visit. He huffed and puffed and quickly blew the straw and stick houses down. The big bad wolf then found the third little pig’s house. He huffed and he puffed, but he couldn’t blow down the strong house made of brick. Determined to get in, the big bad wolf climbed on the roof and slid down the chimney, but the third little pig had a cauldron of boiling water waiting on the fire and the wolf met his demise. The lesson was simple, but significant. A little hard work and preparation can pay off.