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  • Impairment continues to be a problem in construction: Speaker

    By Louise Esola

    11/08/2018

    HOUSTON — With voters in three states clearing the legal hurdle for marijuana on Election Day, a crowded session on impairment in the construction workforce at the 38th annual IRMI Construction Risk Conference on Wednesday gave a peek into signs of the times for employers grappling with keep workers safe and alert.

  • Marine injuries open employers to bigger liabilities

    By Gavin Souter

    11/08/2018

    HOUSTON — Maritime workers can obtain significantly higher benefits for work-related injuries but they must meet specific requirements to file claims outside of state workers compensation systems, legal experts say.

  • Subcontractor defaults require decisive risk management

    By Gavin Souter

    11/08/2018

    HOUSTON — Dealing with financially struggling subcontractors is a risk of doing business for construction firms, but by monitoring trades partners and acting swiftly when they show signs of financial distress, risk managers can help their firms avoid some significant problems.

  • Multiple liabilities lurk for those using cranes on construction projects

    By Louise Esola

    11/08/2018

    HOUSTON — On par with a construction crane’s towering multifunctional capabilities are the multiple ways in which a firm could be liable for mishaps if the complicated risk scenario is not tackled.

  • BI IRMI CRC Photo Gallery: Thursday

    11/08/2018

    The IRMI Construction Risk Conference brings nearly 2,000 leading project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers, and insurance agents and brokers together. View a slideshow of the event.

  • Q&A: Tom Woods, Workforce Recovery Solutions

    By Louise Esola

    11/08/2018

    Tom Woods, substance-abuse expert and founder of Workforce Recovery Solutions LLC, discusses drug use and abuse in the workforce and how employers can better help workers.

  • Follow form excess liability seldom provides uniform coverage: Experts

    By Gavin Souter

    11/07/2018

    HOUSTON — Construction insurance buyers should carefully review follow form excess liability policies because they rarely provide the coverage the name implies, a panel of experts said.

  • Lean on front-line workers’ expertise to streamline construction site tasks

    By Louise Esola

    11/07/2018

    HOUSTON — Construction firms can reduce risk and project waste — from time to materials — by collaborating with front-line workers and supervisors in deciphering what works and what doesn’t.

  • Checklists help ensure risk transfer strategies achieve intended goals

    By Gavin Souter

    11/07/2018

    HOUSTON — Contractual risk transfer strategies can help contractors limit their liabilities on construction projects, but they need to be carefully reviewed to ensure they are effective.

  • Builders find opportunities in public-private infrastructure projects

    By Louise Esola

    11/07/2018

    HOUSTON — U.S. tunnels, bridges and roads are doing more than linking people to places, they are also linking public entities with private construction firms, which are seeing financial promise in helping repair the country’s infrastructure.

  • BI IRMI CRC Photo Gallery: Wednesday

    11/07/2018

    The IRMI Construction Risk Conference brings nearly 2,000 leading project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers, and insurance agents and brokers together. View a slideshow of the event.

  • Q&A: Peter Arkley, Alliant Insurance Services

    By Matthew Lerner

    11/07/2018

    Peter Arkley, president of Alliant Insurance Services Inc.'s specialty group, discusses the issues facing construction risk managers, the impact of technology and the state of the market.

  • Fight workers compensation fraud with facts

    By Louise Esola

    11/06/2018

    HOUSTON — Employers are on the front lines of nipping one particular sort of workers compensation fraud in the bud: the incident that never happened or one that is being exaggerated.

  • Experience rating modifications not a measure of relative safety: NCCI actuary

    By Louise Esola

    11/06/2018

    HOUSTON — The use of experience rating modifications by state procurement offices on judging an employer’s safety program is a common practice that is not an effective measure for relative safety and is advantageous to larger companies and unfair to those who specialize in riskier tasks, according to a top workers compensation expert.

  • Contractors face tough time covering construction delays

    By Gavin Souter

    11/06/2018

    HOUSTON — Delays in construction projects can cause huge increases in costs, but identifying insurance policies to cover the costs is complex and varies with policy wordings.

  • Wearable implementation requires careful management

    By Gavin Souter

    11/06/2018

    HOUSTON — Wearable technology is being introduced to construction sites that could prevent injuries, speed treatment of injured workers and provide detailed information on workplace incidents, but contractors need to carefully manage its implementation.

  • BI IRMI CRC Photo Gallery: Tuesday

    11/06/2018

    The IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) brings nearly 2,000 leading project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers, and insurance agents and brokers together.

  • Q&A: Geoff Delisio, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

    By Gavin Souter

    11/06/2018

    Geoff Delisio, a senior vice president at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co.who heads the insurer’s surety operations, discusses trends in the construction industry and the surety market.