Guarding Employees’ Health and Safety in a Globalized World

Joe WeissManaging a global workforce comes with its own set of unique risks for both the organization and employees. For example, many employers take corporate travel for granted, often listing it as a perk of employment. While this can be true, in today’s world, travel can also be unpredictable. This makes it more important than ever for a company to protect its people, reputation, and bottom line. With the emergence of viruses such as Zika and previous scares such as Ebola, the value of organizations having a health risk management and employee benefit travel program in place cannot be emphasized enough. Is your organization taking the necessary steps to help minimize the negative impact to your travelers or business from unforeseen health and safety risks while traveling? Continue reading

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Driving Home Road Safety for Truckers

Jennifer GuerriniCommercial drivers are logging more miles, and more miles will lead to more collisions. Although reducing collisions will take a joint effort between truck manufacturers, government regulators and the trucking industry, trucking companies can take some immediate steps to help improve driver safety. Continue reading

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the Business Income Worksheet (Part C)

Patti Mitrik

Patti Mitrik

Nancy Verduin

Nancy Verduin

Third in a series of articles on completing the business income worksheet.

Part C of the business income (BI) worksheet is the culmination of the discussion and development of BI exposure. It is here where critical answers to questions relating to the business continuity plan are applied: Continue reading

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the Business Income Worksheet (Parts A & B)

Patti Mitrik

Patti Mitrik

Nancy Verduin

Nancy Verduin

Second in a series of articles on completing the business income worksheet.

Now that you’ve assembled the right people, information and materials to complete your business income (BI) worksheet, what are the key issues to consider when completing it? Although the worksheet may vary from carrier to carrier, the forms tend to follow the same organization and seek similar information. Below is a step-by-step guide to completing each part of the worksheet. Continue reading

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Determining Business Income Exposure: Preparation

Patti Mitrik

Patti Mitrik

Nancy Verduin

Nancy Verduin

First in a series of articles on completing the business income worksheet.

A well-thought-out and documented business income (BI) worksheet is essential for determining the business income exposure for any given business. Organizations often underestimate how long it will take to get their operations back up and running (recovery) and don’t factor in the restoration period.

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Avoiding the Nightmare of a Stolen High-Value Vehicle

Jennifer Guerrini

Whether you are in the position of protecting a fleet of company cars or utility vehicles, or an executive’s prized car collection, mitigating risks against vehicle theft and/or vandalism is a high priority. No one wants to encounter a disheartened CEO, who has just witnessed the disappearance of one of their most prized possessions, or have to explain to management how an essential company vehicle was stolen. Fortunately, there are many ways to help prevent this from happening. Continue reading

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Storing High-Value Vehicles

Jennifer Guerrini

Keeping high-value vehicles (HVVs) out of harm’s way presents numerous challenges, but it is well worth the time and money. Whether it’s an executive fleet, a group of utility vehicles or bloodmobiles, or a CEO’s personal collection, these vehicles are precious to their drivers and the organization, and often constitute a significant financial or emotional investment.

Whether these vehicles are parked on site or at home, they may require an elevated level of facility and asset protection. When deciding how, when and where to store HVVs, consider the following time-tested best practices: Continue reading

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Will Your Building’s Roof Stand Up to Snow and Ice?

Erik Olsen

Although falling snow can make for a peaceful and picturesque scene, commercial building owners and managers have to guard against much harsher possibilities: snow-induced roof leaks or, in the most severe cases, building collapse.

Careful roof inspections and routine maintenance are important year-round, but become critical as temperatures drop and the potential for snow increases.
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Creating a Snow Removal Plan: The Essential Elements

Sheila Coppinger

Argos, Blanche and Caly, the first named winter storms of the season, are sending a clear warning to property owners and managers: Time to dust off the snow removal plan. If you are responsible for your organization’s snow removal planning, taking steps now can help you protect those tasked with snow removal as well as those who use your property.

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Contracts: An Underappreciated Snow Removal Tool

Jay TaylorWinter is coming, and with it comes snow: beautiful to some, but a potential liability to others. For building owners and property managers, snow means constant vigilance to prevent falls and other snow-related accidents. These injuries can pose significant liability.

Who is financially liable for snow-related accidents—your firm or the party that does the work? The answer depends largely on your contracts. A properly written contract can shift much of the responsibility to where it belongs most: on the snow remover.

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