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Michigan Factory Spills ‘Several Thousand Gallons’ of Toxic Material Into River

Michigan Factory Spills ‘Several Thousand Gallons’ of Toxic Material Into River

A chemical spill from a manufacturing plant in Wixom, Michigan, recently forced the closure of one of southeast Michigan’s busiest state-run parks and put thousands of residents on alert. State officials were notified on Aug. 1 that auto supplier Tribar Manufacturing leaked “several thousand gallons” of a liquid containing 5% hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, into the Huron River. The release,…

Property & Casualty Report: Q2 2022 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

Property & Casualty Report: Q2 2022 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

Macroeconomic trends, namely inflation and rising interest rates, are having a profound effect on the Property & Casualty (P&C) market as we head into the second half of 2022. Inflation impacts everything—from rapidly changing property values to challenges with mid-year reinsurance renewals. These are truly generational inflationary pressures that most professionals within the industry have never personally experienced. Even with…

Back-to-back Alligator Attacks at Florida Establishments Cause Alarm

Back-to-back Alligator Attacks at Florida Establishments Cause Alarm

An 80-year-old Florida woman tragically died July 15 after falling into a pond and being “grabbed” by two alligators, according to reports. The incident occurred at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood, Florida, where the woman reportedly fell into a pond located along the course and struggled to stay afloat before the alligators attacked. [lgc_column grid=\"50\" tablet_grid=\"50\"…

College Soccer Player Awarded $111 Million After Injury, Missed Diagnosis

College Soccer Player Awarded $111 Million After Injury, Missed Diagnosis

Over $111 million in damages was recently awarded to a man who was reportedly left with \"catastrophic\" damage to his left leg after a surgery for a fracture he suffered while playing soccer in 2017. Anuj Thapa was 19 years old and a first-year student at St. Cloud State University when the accident occurred, sending him by ambulance to a…

Self-Serve and Swim-Up Pool Bars Make a Splash this Summer

Self-Serve and Swim-Up Pool Bars Make a Splash this Summer

Hotels, resorts and water parks in Michigan could soon be serving guests at “swim-up” pool bars thanks to new bills recently signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The legislation, approved June 14, applies to establishments that already have a liquor license and requires them to have lifeguards on duty and adhere to specific guidelines on drink containers, building materials,…

Multiple Accidents Bring Boston Construction Projects to a Halt

Multiple Accidents Bring Boston Construction Projects to a Halt

Two separate construction accidents in Boston recently caused a stoppage on projects by the region’s largest construction company. According to reports, Suffolk Construction halted work at multiple job sites on May 6 in order to “reinforce safety awareness” after multiple workers were hurt when a former power plant under construction collapsed May 4, followed by an accident at another job…

Cannabis Lounges Bring New Risks to Fast-Moving Industry

Cannabis Lounges Bring New Risks to Fast-Moving Industry

In a growing number of communities around the U.S., new cannabis lounges are offering a social setting where guests can openly use marijuana products. Colorado and New Mexico both saw their first cannabis lounges open in April, Michigan’s first marijuana lounge is set to open this summer, and officials in Nevada are currently discussing how the recently-approved class of businesses…

Property & Casualty Report: Q1 2022 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

Property & Casualty Report: Q1 2022 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

As we enter the long-awaited season of Spring which conjures up thoughts of new beginnings, I draw parallels to the Excess & Surplus (E&S) Insurance industry. Several years of disciplined underwriting, including increased rates, adjusted limit deployment, and careful tweaking of policy language, coupled with a tamping of COVID-19 restrictions is resulting in this renewed sense of optimism. Carriers are…

$80 Million Country Club Fire May Have Started With Construction Work

$80 Million Country Club Fire May Have Started With Construction Work

A fire that destroyed much of a historic country club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, may have been started by construction work involving a propane torch, new video footage suggests. The Feb. 17 blaze at Oakland Hills Country Club caused an estimated $80 million in damage to the clubhouse and was a near “total loss,” according to reports. Video recovered from…

Return to ‘Normal’ St. Patrick’s Day Crowds Could Mean Greater Risk for Bars

Return to ‘Normal’ St. Patrick’s Day Crowds Could Mean Greater Risk for Bars

After two years of cancellations and uncertainty, crowds are expected to be back in full force for St. Patrick\'s Day 2022 in many areas of the U.S. and Canada. Large groups gathered in the streets and in bars for parades last weekend in cities like San Francisco, California, Chicago, Illinois, and Newport, Rhode Island. Establishments are preparing for big crowds…

Historic Labor Shortage Creates ‘Brutal’ Situation in Nursing Homes

Historic Labor Shortage Creates ‘Brutal’ Situation in Nursing Homes

A historic labor shortage is continuing to challenge long-term care facilities, where workers are dealing with high levels of burnout, reduced one-on-one time with patients and other strains, a recent NPR report detailed. The conditions are “brutal,” the president of the largest nonprofit senior housing provider in the U.S. told NPR, and researchers are warning that the situation could have…

Officials Investigate Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse That Injured 10

Officials Investigate Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse That Injured 10

Cleanup and investigation efforts are underway at the site of the Forbes Avenue Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the bridge collapsed on Jan. 28. A city bus and several other vehicles were on the bridge when it came crashing down, injuring 10 individuals in a terrifying ordeal that left motorists fearing for their lives. The 447-foot bridge, which was built…

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