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

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

The Battle Between "Blanket" Additional Insured Endorsement and the Underlying Contract

Posted by Purnima Rangarajan on Apr 7, 2015 2:21:47 PM

The construction and real estate industry continue to grow and so do the risk exposures from a fundamental inconsistency between a contract’s commercial intent and insurance policy language. “Additional Insured” is a very common requirement in a real estate or construction contract and many times there is a distinct lack of specificity with what is, actually, being required and why the provision is appropriate.  Additional Insured status provides vicarious liability coverage to an outside entity, usually, an owner or general contractor, under the subcontractor’s policy. It is often a requirement in construction contracts, and it can be the source of insurance disputes if not handled correctly given the changes in the regulatory framework of today’s insurance policies.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Accidents, Construction Premiums, Construction Project Risk, Insurance, Limit of Liability, Property Risk, Real Estate, Risk management, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk

Indemnity in Construction Contracts

Posted by The ALS Group on Mar 12, 2014 11:17:17 AM

Contracts, Insurance and Certificates…..the saga continues….

As a follow-up to my colleague’s recent post in Construction Executive, I wanted to emphasize the need for properly written contracts.  In construction projects, the contract documents form the basis of the agreement between the parties involved in the project. Written construction contracts impose many duties, obligations and liabilities on contractors. Although project owners pay great attention to the operational issues addressed in these contracts, many pay too little attention to the risk and insurance implications of various contract provisions.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Accidents, Risk Management Blog

The Value of the Incident Report

Posted by Albert Sica on Sep 12, 2013 2:17:32 PM

Even when no injury occurs, after any workplace incident or accident, a written incident report allows a timely investigation. Some incidents are minor and need only slight fixes to prevent their recurrence. However, in more serious situations where a serious injury or property damage could have or did occur, a subsequent failure analysis allows management to determine how to best prevent similar occurrences.

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Topics: Claims Handling, Claims Management, Claims Management Process, Construction Accidents, HCP, Human Capital, Risk Management Blog, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk, Worker's Compensation

Construction and Certificates of Insurance - Are You Covered?

Posted by Albert Sica on Jun 6, 2013 2:30:38 PM

One of the most commonly found clauses in any construction contract is the requirement of one party to name another party as an additional insured. It is found in The American Institute of Architects (AIA) documents, the Consensus DOCS, and was inserted in almost all manuscript agreements.

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Topics: Claim Reporting, Claims Handling, Claims Management, Claims Management Process, Construction, Construction Accidents, Healthcare, Human Capital, Real Estate, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), Worker's Compensation

Construction Accidents in NYC Impact Insurance Costs for Building Owners

Posted by Albert Sica on Jul 24, 2012 10:49:45 AM

The recent spate of construction site accidents in New York City in the past several months couldn’t have come at a worse time.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Accidents, Construction Premiums, Risk Management Blog, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

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