Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Coverage - Are Your Limits Adequate? - Be Careful!

Earlier in the year, we published the article "Commercial Auto Premiums Are Rising - What’s Driving the Increases?," which addresses how insurance companies are all experiencing adverse loss experience within their commercial automobile books of business. The result of these mounting losses is causing a dramatic rise in commercial Auto premiums for most policyholders.

OSHA Launches Inaugural Safe + Sound Week

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its inaugural Safe + Sound Week, which runs from June 12 - 18, 2017. According to OSHA, Safe + Sound week is "a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces."

Timely Claim Reporting Lowers Work Comp Claims Costs and Improves Your Bottom Line

Studies have shown, by reporting your workers compensation claims in a timely basis, not only will your injured employee receive better medical treatment, it will boost company morale.  Both the injured worker, as well as other employees, will see your sincere concern for their wellbeing.  In addition, timely reporting practices will also improve your risk profile through reducing the overall cost of the claim, which leads to lower loss ratios and lower experience modifiers, thus, resulting in lower premiums and improvement in your bottom line.

OSHA Not Prepared to Accept Electronic Submissions

For over a year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have championed the upcoming electronic submission of injury and illness records (i.e., OSHA 300 logs) through its website.  The new requirement was designed to make OSHA records publicly available on the internet in hopes that it would encourage employers to maintain safer working environments.  The electronic submissions of the 2016 reports were supposed to be due by July 1, 2017.

Taking Your Safety Program to the Next Level: Form a Safety Committee

Establishing a safety committee within your company will enhance the effectiveness of your safety program by identifying hazards and appropriate controls, implementing specific measures, developing clear safe work practices and communicating clearly through all levels within your organization.  

NALP Launches New Discounted Workers' Compensation Insurance Program

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is partnering with Rancho Mesa Insurance Services and Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies to offer NALP members a competitive workers’ compensation option backed by specialized landscape industry expertise and a dedicated service team.

Is Your Business Protected from Data Breach Costs and HIPAA Violations?

As technology and the common usage of the internet in business grow, Cyber Crime is an ever increasing exposure for businesses.  Most businesses carry large quantities of sensitive data that if breached, can create a financial and administrative headache.  Many business owners are unaware of the real exposures they have should their information be compromised, whether directly or indirectly.

What is SB 562 all about?

It may be of interest, if not importance, for all Californians to know about current proposed legislation, sponsored by Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens and Senator Toni Atkins of San Diego.  The proposed bill would significantly expand the role of the state government within the healthcare system, by essentially establishing a single-payer system.

Commercial Auto Premiums Are Rising - What’s Driving the Increases?

The insurance industry is experiencing record losses on their commercial auto books of business, which is dramatically driving up insurance premiums for business owners. There are many factors that are contributing to this increase in losses; let’s take a look at six of the most prevalent.

Should Union Janitorial Employers have a lower Workers’ Compensation rate than Non-Union Employers?

A recent study by the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation made an argument that the janitorial industry should be split into two workers’ compensation class codes.  This change would be similar to how many construction operations field class codes are separated between an over and under dollar amount per hourly wage.   As an example, an electrical contractor’s field wages are split at over and under $30/hour.

Help Control Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Costs through Accident Investigation

When a workers’ compensation claims occurs, in order to both control the costs of the claim and look for preventive measures to reduce or eliminate similar claims from reoccurring, it is vital that a thorough accident investigation report is completed.

Closing the "Gaps in Coverage" when using Temporary or Leased Labor

It has become more common for construction companies to use temporary or leased labor in order to meet the demands of their work.  While this is a useful tool it can create some unintended gaps in coverage for the contractor hiring the temporary or leased labor. These gaps potentially exist for on-the-job injury claims suffered by the temporary or leased workers. 

How to Prevent Back Injuries in the Landscape Industry

According to the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB), in the last 5 years, over a quarter of a billion dollars in back injury claims, on behalf of the landscape industry, have been paid out by carriers in California.  The back claim is by far the most costly injury at $22,000 over the last five years and the second highest in terms of frequency (behind hand, wrist and finger injuries), and the leading claim resulting in an employee's time away from work. 

Why are hand injuries the most frequent claim reported in the Landscape Industry?

The landscape industry experiences frequent hand, wrist and finger injuries - they're three most frequent types of Workers Compensation claims.  Employees complain their personal protection equipment (i.e., gloves) limit dexterity, prohibiting finger movement, causing difficulty in performing their jobs.  As a result, employees remove their safety gloves to perform their job-related activities, and experience hand, wrist and finger injuries.

4 Factors That Shape Your Insurance Risk Profile

Ever wonder why your insurance rates high when your competitors are low? There are reasons for that including, frequency of claims, severity of claims, experience rating, average claim cost incurred, operations, trends, loss ratio etc. If you evaluate your risk profile you can take action to lower your premiums.