Articles|August 06, 2020
|Q3 2020||Beyond General Liability Insurance: Other Liability Exposures You Should Be Aware Of!|
|Q2 2020||The Coronavirus Pandemic: Potential Liabilities Facing Construction Companies|
|Q1 2020||Mitigating Design-Build Risks|
|Q4 2019||Recruiting Millennials|
|Q3 2019||Contractors Pollution Liability Insurance|
|Q2 2019||Hackers on the Jobsite: Cyber Attacks Target the Construction Industry|
|Q1 2019||The Challenge of Conducting an Effective Tailgate Safety Meeting|
|Q4 2018||Surety Outlook 2019: The Peak of the Cycle...For most contractors, backlogs are as strong as they have been in over a decade.|
|Q3 2018||Changes to California's Experience Modification Calculation May Help Lower Your Total Cost of Risk What is an Experience Modification? Simply put, it compares all eligible employers' workplace accidents and injuries against those of their peers.|
|Q2 2018||Dispute Resolution: The Importance of Understanding Your Options Litigate, Arbitrate or Mediate?|
|Q1 2018||Owner Controlled Insurance Programs: A Primer Wrap-ups, as they are commonly known, are project-specific general liability insurance policies designed to cover the job site risk and completed operation of exposures of othe owner and contractors on a construction project.|
|Q4 2017||Surety Outlook 2018: Slow and Steady Wins the Race! In 2018, the surety industry in the U.S. will continue to post further growth in overall premiums and below average loss activity.|
|Q3 2017||Trends in Contractor’s Professional Liability Coverage Read how the market has grown in the U.S. and how coverage specifics are trending.|
|Q2 2017||10 Actions NOT to Take When Facing a Claim How you handle the inevitable claims that will occur will significantly impact your company's operating results. See what not to do.|
|Q1 2017 -2||Workers Compensation Class Code 5606: Contractors Executive Supervisors Classification Code 5606 pertains to executive level supervisors for construction companies.|
|Q1 2017||2017 Construction Legislative Developments: California California will see over 1,000 legislative bills enacted that were signed into law.|
|Q4 2016||Surety Outlook 2017: Staying the Course The U.S. surety industry will continue to realize growth in overall premiums, and likely experience a modest increase in loss activity in 2017.|
|Q3 2016||Hold Harmless and Indemnity Provisions... What Did I Agree To Do? This article answers the question, "If we sign this, are we insured?"|
|Q2 2016||Professional Liability Insurance – What are a Developer’s Options? When it comes to developing real property, proper insurance is critical. There are four basic options an owner may consider and some of these can be used in conjunction with another.|
|Q1 2016||Building Your Best Team: Recommended Hiring Practices for the Construction Industry- How much thought does your company put into its hiring practices? If your answer is "not much," then your company could be at risk.|
|Q4 2015||Surety Outlook 2016: Doing More with Less! The surety outlook for 2016 will remain positive but will be significantly challenged by factors that influence the construction and commercial business markets.|
|Q3 2015||Owner’s Professional Protective Indemnity Insurance In this issue, find out about the benefits of OPPI.|
|Q2 2015||OSOSHA is Turning Up the Heat: Will Your Heat Illness Prevention Program Be Cool and Compliant? Read this issue to find out the specifics of what's changed for 2015.|
|Q1 2015||OCIPs: Project-Specific Liability for Condos Owner-Controlled Insurance Programs or "wrap-ups" as they are commonly known, are project-specific insurance policies designed to cover the job site risks and completed operations exposures of the owner and contractors on a construction project.|
|Q4 2014||Surety Outlook 2015: It’s Still About Cash Flow The surety industry reports fewer claims than expected in the last few years and remains optimistically braced for profitable results again in 2015.|
|Q3 2014||Workers’ Compensation: What Can You Expect in 2015? Workers' compensation can be the most expensive line of insurance purchased by a contractor. Read how you can manage those costs.|
|Q2 2014||I’ve Been Sued! Now What? - For most contractors of any size, litigation is an unfortunate fact of life. Dealing with our litigation system can be frustrating, expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining.|
|Q1 2014||Class Code 5606...The Most Unique Code in the Book: Are You Taking Advantage of It? Learn about this unique and preferred classification for construction companies operating in California.|
|Q4 2013||Safety Programs and OSHA Compliance - Many employers try to reduce accidents and related workers' compensation expenses by introducing safety programs which include a variety of incentives. The problem is, some of those programs and incentives can get you in trouble with OSHA.|
|Q3 2013||The REAL Cost of a Workers’ Compensation Claim - Workers' Compensation insurance pays for occupational injury and illness - that's why you buy the insurance. What many people, however, fail to grasp is that there are significant indirect costs not covered by insurance.|
|Q2 2013||The Right Way to Write Builders Risk Insurance - General liability and workers compensation are necessary and critical elements of insuring a construction project, but the keystone is builders risk covrage.|
|Q4 2012||The Added Liabilities Associated with Building "Green" - Contractors should carefully consider their exposure to liabilities when contractually agreeing to meet green outcomes; using innovative, but yet relatively new or untested products; and/or even utilizing existing materials in unproven ways that require green results.|
|Q3 2012||Senate Bill 474 - A Change In Indemnity Laws Pertaining To Private Commercial Construction Projects . . . A Boon For Subcontractors? - Recent legislation (SB 474) was enacted which will significantly change the indemnification agreements that are allowable on private commercial construction projects. Read our third quarter Construction Industry Update Newsletter to learn about some of the key points and requirements of the new bill.|
|Q2 2012||New California Laws Significantly Change Construction Payment Forms & Requirements as of July 1st - Recent California legislation revamps and renumbers statutes relating to preliminary notices, payment releases, mechanics liens, payment bond claims, and prompt payment and retention requirements. Read our second quarter Construction Industry Update Newsletter to learn about some of the key points and requirements of the new laws.
|Q1 2012|| Design Build Risk Management and Insurance Considerations - The Design Build Project Delivery System, which dates back to at least the master builders of ancient Greece, continues to gain in popularity. The major appeal of design build is that it provides the project owner with a single point of contact for both design and construction.
|Q4 2011||BIM Use Increases Professional Liability Exposures - Building Information Modeling, or BIM as it is commonly known, provides a digitized representation of the building process from the ground up. It is used by the design team and contractors before construction actually begins, typically on design-build projects. However, when designers and builders do not use BIM correctly, liability issues can crop up.
|Q3 2011||Surety Outlook 2012: Where’s the Beef? - Does the boom-to-bust of the construction market have you wondering "Where's the Beef?" If so, you aren't alone. Hunting down and executing profitable work in the next few years will be critical to the survival of most contractors. Our third quarter Construction Industry Update newsletter provides tips and information on how to survive, and possibly thrive, in the current economy.
|Q2 2011||Understanding Your Experience Modification: What You Need to Know- The California experience modification has an effect on the availability and affordability of workers compensation insurance. It also has an impact on contractors' ability to bid and obtain work; an issue of utmost importance in the current economic environment. In the last two years the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has made several changes to the way the experience modification is calculated that are having a direct impact on every employer eligible for a rating.
|Q1 2011||Where There’s Construction, There’s Litigation — How to Survive the Battle- The 2011 1st Quarter issue of our Construction Insurance Update newsletter provides straightforward advice on properly documenting and insuring that you are prepared for the possibility of being sued.
|Q4 2010||Surety Outlook for 2011- Look back in time to assess ongoing surety trends and apply them to the coming year.
|Q3 2010||Advancements in Contractors Professional and Pollution Liability Insurance- Growing demand for Contractors Professional and Pollution Liability insurance has resulted in enhanced coverage for these often overlooked and misunderstood policies.
|Q2 2010||The Liability Implications of the Duty to Defend - Even if your firm is not guilty of negligence, a Duty to Defend provision in your contact can make you responsible for providing a defense for a negligent indemnitee — a situation that may or may not be covered by your insurance program. 2010 Risk Management Seminar Series
|Q1 2010||The Liability Implications of Sustainable Design- The Green Building Boom appears to be here to stay. Proactive risk management can help you identify and manage the many additional challenges involved in "green" construction.
Articles|February 24, 2021
Risk Tolerance – How Much Risk Should You Take?
By Jeff Cavignac
President CPCU, RPLU, ARM
Posts|February 24, 2021
The Basics, Part 2: General Liability
By Preston Cavignac
Principal CPCU, CIC, CRM