Slip and Fall Prevention during Boat Shows

Kim FinlayBoat dealers, boat builders, marinas, and yacht clubs alike have the opportunity to meet potential and current customers, showcase inventory, and furthermore, make sales during boat shows.

Unfortunately, there is often a heightened risk of trip and fall incidents occurring at boat shows due to the environment and setting by the water. Where such incidents occur, current or potential customers may develop some animosity toward boat show hosts and vendors, and might assert claims of liability for such incidents based on negligence, as well. Fortunately, there are proactive steps owners and boat dealers can take to help reduce the likelihood of slip and fall incidents at boat shows. Continue reading

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Leasing to a Pop-Up Shop? Watch for Hidden Risks

Jay Taylor
Once confined to Halloween and holiday fare, pop-up stores have proliferated, selling everything from fine silk to skater gear. For retailers, pop-ups can be a way to move from online to a brick-and-mortar presence, generate buzz for a new or growing product line, or move large quantities of inventory.

If you own or manage commercial real estate, pop-up shops can make good business sense for your firm, too. Need to fill vacant space and bring in revenue at the same time? Want to draw more people in with popular products? Looking for potential leads to long-term leases? Pop-ups might be the answer. Continue reading

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Beyond the Buzz: Assessing Pop-Up Risks

Jay TaylorA Cheetos-themed restaurant. A St. Ives skin care product mixing bar. A Metallica gear shop. Pop-up stores have come a long way.

If you’re looking to move from online to a physical location, generate more buzz for your brand, or create an immersive customer experience, you’re likely considering a pop-up shop. Continue reading

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The ELD Mandate: What Fleet Managers Need to Know

Jennifer GuerriniThe electronic logging device (ELD) rule effective date is around the corner – are you ready? Being “ready” means not only installing devices but also allowing time for drivers to get comfortable with the new technology.

Published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the ELD rule goes into effect December 18, 2017. The FMCSA estimates it will save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries involving large commercial motor vehicle crashes each year. Continue reading

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Preparing Marinas for the Off Season

Carl BaslerFall has arrived and with that comes the off season for marina and yacht club owners. Just as you would prepare for hurricane season, it’s important to take proactive measures to secure marinas and yacht clubs for the off season. Haul out and winterization services expose a new area of risk for marinas if owners do not prepare properly. Continue reading

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Preparing Marinas and Yacht Clubs for a Hurricane

John VennemanWe are in the heart of hurricane season. While preparing for hurricane season goes a long way, so does maintaining marinas throughout the season in the case that unexpected weather conditions arise. In the past 100 years, Atlantic hurricanes have wreaked havoc as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia and as far south as the Caribbean islands and Central America. If you operate a marina or yacht club in a hurricane-prone region, it’s not too late to control loss. Continue reading

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Lawnmower Safety: An Underestimated Fleet Safety Risk

Jess HarrisCommercial lawnmowers are complex machines, and even the most experienced operator may occasionally overlook safety precautions. The consequences can be serious: According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are 75 deaths and 18,000 hospital-treated injuries each year from riding lawn mowers. Continue reading

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Avoiding Stray Electric Current Problems at Marinas and Yacht Clubs

Sherman Drew

Potential stray electric current discharge at marinas and yacht clubs can threaten the safety of slipholders and their guests and presents the risk of damage to their vessels berthed at the docks. In fact anyone working in and around the water within marinas and yacht clubs can be impacted by this hazard. Stray electric current is the residual current that ends up diverting to a path other than its intended initial route. Fortunately, the risks of an electrical incident can be identified and reduced with proper safety precautions. Continue reading

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Memory Care Facilities: Six Keys for Reducing Professional Liability Risks

Diane DohertyWith Alzheimer’s diagnoses expected to jump to 13.5 million in 2050* from 5.1 million in 2015, care facilities that specialize in memory loss are in high demand. If you are a leader in this relatively new space, you are no doubt balancing considerable opportunities with emerging risks.

Memory care facilities may be exposed to lawsuits that allege issues such as failure to screen residents for a higher level of care, insufficient staffing, inadequate management of care, and failure to maintain a safe, secure environment. Continue reading

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EEOC Charges Up, But You Can’t Blame Unemployment

Michael SchraerCharges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are on the uptick — while unemployment remains at record lows. After rising to a height of 10% in 2009, unemployment has fallen by more than 50%. In contrast, EEOC charges are less than 10% below their peak, and they’re trending upward.1

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