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Winter Safety Hazards in the Transportation Industry

Winter Safety Hazards in the Transportation Industry

Winter weather creates unique challenges for the transportation industry. Poor driving conditions, freezing temperatures, and an increased risk of injury are all associated with winter storm activity. The transportation sector already faces numerous risks in its daily operations, and these risks are only compounded in the winter months. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading provider of specialty insurance solutions for the transportation industry, knows that fleet owners and operators should be aware of winter-related risks. With this knowledge, drivers and related personnel can be better protected no matter what winter brings. 

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Challenges in Implementing Risk Management Measures

Challenges in Implementing Risk Management Measures

Risk management is a fundamental component of every business or organization. Identifying risk exposures, then creating solutions to help mitigate or reduce those exposures, is an important tactic designed to keep overhead costs in check. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading provider of specialty insurance programs for commercial operations, understands that while risk management strategies are critical, implementing these measures can pose significant challenges. In this guide, we will explore some of the challenges business owners face as they create workable risk management plans to protect business assets and employees.

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Property Insurance Claims to Be on the Lookout for as Temperatures Drop

Property Insurance Claims to Be on the Lookout for as Temperatures Drop

Property owners face many risks throughout the year. Claims for property damage can occur for any number of reasons, and it is important to understand that some arise during the winter months. Winter weather can wreak havoc on commercial and residential properties alike; deferred maintenance issues may suddenly cause significant damage as the temperature drops. Severe weather, including ice and heavy snow, may also cause unforeseen damage that isn’t likely in warmer weather. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading provider of specialty insurance products, understands that insurance agents should be on the lookout for certain winter-related property insurance claims. By becoming aware of these winter-oriented problems, agents can better prepare their clients, no matter what Mother Nature dishes out.

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The Most Important Steps in Developing a Risk Management Plan

The Most Important Steps in Developing a Risk Management Plan

For any business, risk management is the cornerstone of success. Reducing or eliminating risk exposures helps to drive down overhead expenses, including insurance claims, property loss or damage, and liability. A risk management plan consists of multiple interrelated parts that must all work together to achieve the desired outcome. Organizations often do not understand the best ways to develop a comprehensive risk management plan, however, and the complexity inherent in such plans can be the “make or break” aspect that negatively affects business operations. U.S. Risk Underwriters, one of the nation’s leading providers of specialty insurance solutions, knows that risk management plans are fundamental in business. Here is a look at some of the most important steps to consider when developing a risk management plan for your organization.

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Why Healthcare Risk Management is Crucial

Why Healthcare Risk Management is Crucial

In any business environment, managing one’s risks is the key to success. Risk management is the practice of identifying the unique risks inherent in an operation, then taking steps to mitigate those risks. In the healthcare sector, risk management is of the utmost importance; unmanaged risks could result in staff injuries, expensive legal claims, or even the deaths of patients. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading broker of specialized insurance solutions for the healthcare industry, understands that healthcare organizations must place risk management at the forefront of their considerations, benefitting the organizations themselves as well as their staff and the patients who rely on them for care. 

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Mental Exhaustion in Healthcare A Risk Factor for Employees and Patients

Mental Exhaustion in Healthcare: A Risk Factor for Employees and Patients

The healthcare industry continually faces significant challenges as it delivers quality care to millions of patients each year. Some of these challenges are centered on the level of and the complexity of the care provided. Others are directly related to workloads, which have increased in recent years. Healthcare staffers are expected to do more with less, often resulting in employee burnout. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading specialty broker of insurance solutions for the healthcare industry, knows that burnout – a severe form of mental exhaustion – is a very serious risk factor that can affect staff and patients alike. Combatting mental exhaustion in staff can dramatically reduce the risks associated with this condition, saving money on expenses while protecting a given facility’s workers and its patients from harm. 

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Ergonomic Risk Factors in Healthcare

Ergonomic Risk Factors in Healthcare

The healthcare profession is an industry with numerous challenges and risks. Among the many risks healthcare providers face in delivering care is the alarming rate of injuries – a rate that surpasses many other industrial occupations that are understood to be dangerous, such as mining and logging operations. For certain patient demands, such as moving or transferring patients, specialized equipment and practices can help to reduce the instances of staff injuries. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading insurance brokerage, knows that healthcare facilities and their managers need to implement ergonomic features as a fundamental risk management strategy. Ergonomic equipment and features can not only reduce injuries, but also have the potential to dramatically lower the costs associated with insurance and legal claims. 

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The Most Important Safety Topics for the Transportation Industry

The Most Important Safety Topics for the Transportation Industry

The U.S. transportation industry is responsible for moving cargo and people across the country. This business sector is immensely diverse, encompassing such vehicles as trucks, trains, airliners, and passenger cars. Business relies on the safe, efficient operation of these vehicles, and emerging risks have impacted the industry in unforeseen ways. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading provider of specialty insurance solutions for the transportation industry, knows that commercial vehicle operators and transportation industry players need to be aware of these risks. Several safety topics are of vital importance to the industry, and in this guide, we will explore them and how they may be addressed by the transportation industry. 

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Risk Management for Fleets

Risk Management for Fleets

It can be said that the transportation industry is the lifeblood of the American economy. From long-haul trucking operations and cross-country cargo rail to local delivery vans, public transit systems, and for-hire vehicle operators, fleet management is crucial to transporting goods and people across the country. Fleet operators face many risks as they conduct operations, however, and managing those risks is of the utmost importance. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading specialty provider of tailored insurance solutions to fleet operations and transportation companies, knows that there are many components associated with fleet risk management. In this guide, we will explore some of the best practices in creating an effective fleet risk management plan. 

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Burnout and Other Factors Cause Higher Turnover in the Transportation Sector

“Burnout” and Other Factors Cause Higher Turnover in the Transportation Sector

The trucking industry has long been romanticized in media and movies. Scenes of the open road and the freedom long-haul truckers experience in these fantasies is far different from the reality of the transportation industry. Long hours, crushing boredom, and numerous safety risks are some of the many reasons why there is high turnover plaguing the industry. Add in myriad complex regulatory factors and the picture becomes even clearer why the transportation industry is facing many challenges. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading provider of specialized insurance programs for the transportation industry, knows that “burnout” is a leading factor in employee turnover. In the following article, we will explore several ways that transportation companies can slash turnover by reducing driver burnout, helping to improve efficiency and to maintain profitability.

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