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Hanover, NER target heavy equipment theft

WORCESTER, Mass.--The Hanover Insurance Group Inc. and the National Equipment Register are teaming up to help contractors combat heavy equipment theft.

Through the partnership, Hanover will waive up to $10,000 of a policy deductible if a piece of construction equipment registered with NER is stolen and not recovered within 60 days. Policyholders of Hanover also will receive a 20% discount on NER's theft prevention and equipment recovery services.

NER enables equipment owners to register each piece of equipment's serial number in a national database, giving police the ability to identify the owner of a piece of stolen equipment through a 24-hour hotline. Warning decals are provided to registered machines to caution thieves that the chances of being detected while moving, storing or selling equipment are greatly increased.

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Hartford enhances benefits Web site

HARTFORD, Conn.--Group benefits customers of the Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. have easier access to benefits information and tools through the insurer's recently enhanced Web site for group disability, life and accident insurance.

A new, personalized log-in feature is just one enhancement to The Hartford at Work Web site at The site has been updated with new tools for employees to set up direct deposit for payment of long-term disability claims, to use and print forms, and to access personalized benefits account information.

The Hartford at Work site allows employees to understand and manage their benefits at their convenience. Using the secure site, customers can file a short-term disability claim, check on the status of an existing disability claim, or check the status of an application for group life or disability insurance.

For more information, visit the site at

Swiss Re, London American launch utility program

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Swiss Reinsurance Co. and managing general underwriter London American Risk Specialists Inc. have launched a program for small to midsize private and public utilities. The program, which includes gas, electrical, water and sewer facilities, is active in 17 states.

Coverages include multiline general liability, property, crime, equipment breakdown, inland marine and auto.

General liability policies will have a $1 million limit per occurrence with a $2 million aggregate, while property limits will vary by location. Eligible states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

For more information, contact London American Vp Larry Vickery at 901-312-9387 or by e-mail at

We'd like to report on new risk management and employee benefit products and services offered by your company. Please send information about your new offerings to: Joe Walker, Business Insurance, 360 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60601-3806; telephone: 312-649-5283; fax: 312-649-7801; e-mail: jwalker@business