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Report Blames Faulty Airbag for Florida Driver’s Death
A Florida woman died because a faulty airbag ruptured and fired shrapnel into her head during a crash she should have survived, a report released Wednesday by the state’s Highway Patrol said. Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, was struck …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 3:14 PM
Michigan Meteor Could Have Been Worse
The fireball that streaked through the Michigan sky put on quite a show but as far as potentially killer space rocks, it was merely a flash in the pan. There are much bigger asteroids careening through our solar system. Scientists …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 2:49 PM
No Fire Inspections at California Home Where 13 Kids Were Held Captive
City officials could find no records that the fire department conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents. In …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 10:39 AM
Federal Agencies Tasked With Updating National Workplace Injury, Illness Data
A committee tasked with revamping a national workplace study released a 200-page report recently recommending major changes in workplace surveillance. The goal, according to the committee, is to reduce the health burden caused by injuries in the workplace. The report …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 10:06 AM
Even as Motorcycle Deaths Rise, Some Celebrate Freedom
James Fitzgerald sold his motorcycle because his fiancee thought riding was too dangerous. But he ended up not marrying her. So in 2008, Fitzgerald bought another motorcycle. He rides to work at a retail auto parts business in Springettsbury Township. …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 9:54 AM
California City Sues State Over Oroville Dam Crisis
A small California city at the base of the tallest U.S. dam filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state over an emergency that forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year, arguing the crisis was caused by decades …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 9:47 AM
‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Smuggler Convicted in Auto Fraud Case
A pilot who once smuggled tons of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” era in the 1980s was convicted Wednesday of playing a key role in an auto fraud ring that stole at least 150 cars using a …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 9:29 AM
Science Panel Supports Lower Drunken Driving Threshold
A prestigious scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. The U.S. government-commissioned, 489-page report by …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 9:20 AM
OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2018
On January 2, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. Type of Violation Penalty Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements $12,934 per violation Failure to Abate $12,934 per day beyond the …

POSTED JANUARY 18, 2018 3:13 PM
Business News: Coverys, CargoNet, Novarica
Coverys Invests in Patient Engagement, Medical Education Companies Coverys, a medical professional liability insurance provider, announced investment in two separate organizations, Knowledge Diffusion, Inc. (Osmosis) and Pack Health, LLC (Pack Health). Both organizations provide innovative resources that help improve patient …

POSTED JANUARY 18, 2018 2:59 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Commercial Automobile Remains Sore Spot in P/C: A.M. Best
The performance of the commercial automobile segment continued to deteriorate through third quarter 2017, according to a new A.M. Best report. Commercial auto has been a sore spot in the property/casualty for several years. Commercial auto insurers have tried to …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 5:49 PM
Sioux Falls, S.D., Scores Record Year for Commercial Construction
Commercial construction climbed to another record-breaking year in Sioux Falls. Building permits issued in 2017 for commercial projects reached $739 million. City leaders say it’s the fifth year in a row that construction has reached record-breaking levels. The city’s biggest …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 5:36 PM
Drone Owners Warned Against Use near Oklahoma Air Force Base
Officials at a northern Oklahoma air force base are asking the public to keep recreational drones away from aircraft after a near collision on a training flight. Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt works at Vance Air Force Base. He told the …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 5:35 PM
Nationwide Chief Information Officer Keller to Retire
Columbus, Ohio-based insurer, Nationwide, announced that Chief Information Officer Michael Keller will retire from his role later this year. Keller has been the CIO for Nationwide since 2001. The company anticipates it will name Keller’s successor sometime in the second …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 5:30 PM
JLT Specialty USA Locating Headquarters in Chicago
JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), the global specialist risk advisor and broker, has chosen Chicago as its U.S headquarters. The company said it has seen impressive growth over the last three years …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 4:38 PM
People Injured at Riot Sue UC Berkeley, City,
Four San Francisco Bay Area residents who say they were injured by protesters during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley filed a lawsuit against the university and the city, their …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 3:51 PM
The MEMIC Group Promotes Cavallaro to Production Underwriter Based in Georgia
To support growth within the Georgia market, workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group has announced the promotion of Ben Cavallaro to the position of production underwriter. A native of Portland, Maine, and resident of Alpharetta, Ga., Cavallaro began his career …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 2:47 PM
Maine Gas Station Fuel Mishap Leads to Damaged Vehicles
Some drivers in Maine say their vehicles were damaged when they purchased fuel that was in the wrong pumps at a gas station. The Kennebec Journal reports all of the drivers filled their tanks at a Mobil station in Waterville …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 2:22 PM
Fire Damages Businesses at New Hampshire Strip Mall, Officials Investigate
Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that broke out at a New Hampshire strip mall. Fire officials say none of the stores were open at the time and there were no injuries. WMUR-TV reports firefighters responded …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 2:18 PM
Lockton Hires Steed as Senior Account Executive in South Florida Office
Lockton, a privately held, independent insurance broker, has hired JoAnne Steed in its South Florida operation as a senior account executive. In this role, Steed will be based in Lockton’s Miramar, Fl., office. She will be responsible for client strategy …

POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 2:01 PM

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