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Six Flags Ride Accident Demonstrates Liability Risk of Summer Fairs and Events

Six Flags Ride Accident Demonstrates Liability Risk of Summer Fairs and Events

Two amusement park visitors were taken to the hospital on June 13 after a ride malfunction at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. The incident happened on the Saw Mill Log Flume ride when one of its boats nearly tipped over after making a four-story descent into the water. The 18- and 22-year-old riders who were hurt…

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Eye on Q3: Specialty Insurance Overview Thursday, July 17 at 1:30 PM ET Please join us for an outlook into the third quarter of 2021, with specific insights into Personal Property, Casualty, Commercial Property, and Construction. Featured Experts: Rich Gobler, Corporate Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox, San Francisco, CA Adrian Smith, Managing Director, Broker, Casualty, Burns &…

Fire at Historic Mackinac Island Home Causes $1 Million in Damages

Fire at Historic Mackinac Island Home Causes $1 Million in Damages

A historic home on Michigan’s famed Mackinac Island caught fire on May 30, leaving more than $1 million in damages to the 120-year-old cottage. No one was injured in the blaze, which was reportedly caused by a chimney failure that occurred about two hours after a fireplace was lit on the home’s first floor. Fire officials described the roof and…

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Two workers narrowly avoided serious injuries after being thrown from horizontal metal beams at a construction site on the Boston University campus May 14. The accident happened when a steel column fell to the side, causing the adjacent beams to topple “like dominoes” and partially collapse the steel frame of what is slated to become a 13-story data sciences building…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Errors & Omissions Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Errors & Omissions Insurance

Professional errors are a risk in any industry and can lead to severe financial loss. To learn more about the Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance, we spoke with Kenneth Labelle, Broker, Professional Liability, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Chicago, Illinois. What are the greatest risks related to Errors & Omissions? K.L.: There are hundreds of different classes of E&O business, from…

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

The homeowner’s association for a luxury, oceanfront condo tower in Florida recently settled its construction defects lawsuit against the tower’s developer, contractors and architect for $17.5 million. The Regalia on the Ocean Condominium Association in Sunny Isles Beach filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging construction flaws including improperly-installed pool joints, unsafe steam rooms and problems with sliding glass doors. As…

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Exposes Severity of Cyber Threats

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Exposes Severity of Cyber Threats

The ransomware attack that shut down one of the largest fuel pipelines in the U.S. and set off gas shortages and panic-buying is indicative of the growing cyber risk threatening American infrastructure, experts said in a recent USA Today report. Colonial Pipeline Co., which moves 2.5 million barrels of petroleum each day, was forced to discontinue operations May 7 after…

Billion-Dollar Hail Loss Underscores Risk of ‘Unpredictable’ Severe Weather

Billion-Dollar Hail Loss Underscores Risk of ‘Unpredictable’ Severe Weather

Parts of Texas and Oklahoma are still assessing the toll of destruction after hail reportedly as large as softballs left swaths of damages to homes, cars and other property on April 28. The day was expected to be declared a \"billion-dollar hail loss day\" in the U.S.: according to the federal Storm Prediction Center, there were 38 reports of severe…

Trucking Industry Imperiled by Spike in ‘Nuclear Verdicts’

Trucking Industry Imperiled by Spike in ‘Nuclear Verdicts’

Jury awards that exceed $10 million, also known as “nuclear verdicts,” are on the rise in the trucking industry and could make it more difficult for transportation companies to stay in business, CNBC recently reported. According to a 2020 report from the American Transportation Research Institute, the average U.S. trucking industry lawsuit verdict increased 967% between 2010 to 2018, soaring…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group Following the release of our Burns & Wilcox Property & Casualty Market Overview and Forecast: Eye on 2021 report last quarter the already challenged Commercial and Personal insurance marketplace was greeted with yet another extraordinary event—Winter Storm Uri (February 13-17). The widespread impact resulted in over 170…

Driving through the Transportation Market: Challenges and Conditions

Driving through the Transportation Market: Challenges and Conditions

Watch as our experts as they explore the challenges within the Transportation market and what’s driving current market conditions. During this webinar, we discuss: The pandemic’s impact and how the industry is recovering The use of data and technology solutions Changing risk appetites https://vimeo.com/540672001/1c3eb82e39

Piney Point Wastewater Cleanup Near Tampa Bay Could Cost $200 Million

Piney Point Wastewater Cleanup Near Tampa Bay Could Cost $200 Million

Wastewater disposal, site cleanup and complete closure of a former phosphate mining facility in Manatee County, Florida could cost up to $200 million, said Florida state officials this week as they debated the allocation of funding to begin the cleanup process. Piney Point, which opened as a fertilizer plant in 1966 and was abandoned in 2001, has been a source…

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