November 16, 2011

Communication-Key To Injury Management

Communication- It Can Help You Lower Work Comp Costs As simple as it appears that simple word is a major barrier when it comes to workers’ compensation claims. However, if your employees and supervisors don’t know what is expected of them when an injury occurs you are likely paying more than you should for your workers’ compensation coverage. While employers spend money on loss control efforts, incentive programs and safety programs they often fail in one of the key areas to help control workers’ compensation costs. Yes, it is important to focus on injury prevention but that isn’t enough. There are two more areas that employers need to focus on, managing the injury and managing the return-to-work process. Injury reporting is a key factor in […]
November 9, 2011

Contractual Risk Transer Recommendations

CONTRACTUAL RISK TRANSFER RECOMMENDATIONS The following checklist suggests some approaches for minimizing friction between contracting parties (or the possibility of unknown breaches of contract requirements) while still securing realistic protection for risk transferors. • Update your insurance requirements to reflect modern insurance terminology. If your contract still requires “comprehensive” general liability insurance with a broad form property damage endorsement, it was written in the dark ages. • Construct your additional insured requirement to deal with the other insurance issue in a manner that works with the standard industry approach instead of requiring special language that achieves nothing more but is very difficult to obtain. • Don’t require a waiver of subrogation endorsement on the transferee’s general liability policy. Include a waiver of subrogation in the […]
October 14, 2011

Shun Those Cell Phones While Driving

Shun Those Cell Phones While Driving More than 20 percent of injury crashes in the United States involve reports of distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of those killed in distracted-driving related accidents, 18 percent involved the usage of a cell phone. Another study indicates that using a cell phone while driving, whether it is a hand-held or hands-free device, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Cell phones, and particularly smart phones, are considered one of the leading driver distractions. As a result, more and more communities are placing restrictions on drivers’ use of cell phones. The following tips are offered to motorists with regard to cell […]