For Mental Health Awareness Month – Review your Wellness Plan

Posted by The ALS Group on May 18, 2020 12:06:12 PM

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to raise awareness of a cause that while is a very significant issue, has not been brought to the forefront when speaking about either mental health or human capital risks. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention construction occupation has the highest rate of suicide across all careers.

Senior leadership of an organization, which incorporates strategic risk management into their business plan, knows that having a wellness plan in place for their employees is essential. Implementing a robust wellness plan in the workplace encourages healthy activities among employees and puts the emphasis on safety which, in turn, will lead to healthier, happier and more productive employees.

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Topics: Construction, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), risk management consultant, wellness plan

Webinar: COVID-19 Has Shut Down Your Construction Project. Is There Insurance for That?

Posted by Kristen Poisler on Apr 10, 2020 2:51:24 PM

 

Most businesses in the United States have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the illness spreads far and wide, many businesses have had to comply with local and federal "stay at home" orders, as well as orders to cease all non-essential construction work, causing delays, and disruption across the construction industry.

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Topics: Claims Management, Construction, Enterprise Risk Management, pandemics, COVID-19, business continuity plan

While Constructing a Builder’s Risk Policy, Consider Soft Costs & Hard Costs

Posted by Heidi Much on Feb 24, 2020 3:28:23 PM

Every significant construction project needs a Builders Risk policy.

Sounds simple enough, but the process of procuring the correct Builders Risk policy starts with an understanding of the project costs, construction timeline, and imagining potential claim scenarios. When an insured purchases an insurance policy, there is an expectation if a loss occurs; the insurance company will make the insured whole again.  This only happens when a Builders Risk policy is designed correctly.  The key to policy design is understanding and identifying the values at risk and how those values align with the actual insurance policy definitions.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Premiums, Construction Project Risk, Real Estate, Real Estate & Development Risk Management, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, The ALS Group

How Site Safety Management and Site Security Reduce Construction Risk

Posted by The ALS Group on May 29, 2019 9:53:37 AM

 

Site Security

Protecting a Project’s assets is at the top of the list for most Developers and Lenders these days. Whether it be finances, property, or business, setting up some type of a security blanket for your project assets always adds additional comfort to the certainty of the project and desired outcomes. Most of the time these everyday risks can be covered through insurance; but what do you do when you are faced with protecting a growing (maturing) asset?

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Topics: Construction, Construction Project Risk, Construction Workplace Safety

Are Your Construction Projects at Risk Because of Cyber Exposures?

Posted by Jon Edwards on Apr 30, 2019 11:30:44 AM

The construction industry is changing rapidly and more and more projects are relying on emerging technologies for management and completion. There are now major cyber related concerns regarding “smart” equipment such as cranes and drones and SAAS/IAAS systems used for project planning and management. ‘Connected’ systems utilized by third-parties (general contractors and subcontractors) to share and centralize sensitive data may also expose a project to cyber risks.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Project Risk, Manage Construction Risk, Risk management, cyber attacks

When Construction Shortcuts Become Criminal

Posted by The ALS Group on Apr 20, 2017 4:33:00 PM

Take a casual stroll in Manhattan and you can't help but notice that construction is booming. Cranes, scaffolding, and sidewalk sheds are everywhere. And this isn’t just a New York City phenomenon. Ground-up construction and renovation projects are picking up all across the country. Low interest rates and favorable building conditions are resulting in a surge in real estate & development projects.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Accidents, Construction Project Risk, Construction Workplace Safety, Real Estate & Development Risk, Risk Management Blog, Worker's Compensation

10 Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Workplace Safety

Posted by Albert Sica on Apr 13, 2017 11:13:31 AM
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Topics: Bodily Injury, Construction, Construction Workplace Safety, Human Capital, OSHA, Workplace Safety

Construction Defects … Leave You with That Sinking Feeling

Posted by John Mooney on Aug 11, 2016 11:37:07 AM

A case in point is the super sleek and very expensive Millennium Towers building in San Francisco. According to reports from independent consultants, the 58 story building has sunk about 16 inches and tilts about two inches to the Northwest. Settling is a natural process in any construction project and architects and engineers build that into their model; however, 16 inches since 2008 is a cause for concern. And, the sinking isn’t over. According to the August 9th article in Curbed San Francisco, the building is predicted to drop an additional eight to 15 inches into the ground.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Defects, Construction Project Risk, Millennium Towers San Francisco Sinking, Millennium Towers Sinking, Risk Management Blog

Pokémon Go and Construction Site Safety

Posted by The ALS Group on Aug 4, 2016 1:45:19 PM

Have you protected your worksite from Rattata yet? How about Pidgey or Staryu?

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Topics: Construction, Construction Accidents, Construction Project Risk, Pokemon Go Construction Site Accidents, Pokemon Go Mishaps, Risk Management Blog, Safety and Compliance

Read Before You Sign - Insurance and Contracts

Posted by The ALS Group on May 12, 2016 3:22:19 PM

A critical step of any contractual agreement between property owners and managers and their vendors (including contractors) is a careful review of the provisions affecting insurance and legal indemnification.  The difference between a thoughtfully negotiated contract and one that is “off the shelf” or, even worse, none at all may be the difference between accepting liability where never intended.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Project Risk, Contracts, Indemnity, Risk Management Blog

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