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Gas Line Explosion in California Desert Destroys Equipment

Southern California authorities say nobody was hurt when a natural gas line caught fire and exploded, destroying heavy construction equipment in the western Mojave Desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The San Bernardino Sun reported blast was reported Sunday just south of Interstate 40, about 25 miles east of Barstow.

Ryan Vaccaro, spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, says a crew of about 16 workers was evacuated before the explosion when somebody smelled a gas odor.

The newspaper says the blast destroyed equipment, created a crater in the ground and sparked a small brush fire.

The line belongs to Southern California Gas Co., according to spokeswoman Christine Detz. She tells the newspaper a drop in pressure within the transmission line preceded the explosion.

The cause is under investigation.

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Posted by Insurance - 05/14/2018 at 19:41

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California Transit Agency Fined $220K in Worker Deaths

A Northern California judge has fined the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency $220,000 for the deaths of two workers accidentally hit by a commuter train.

The two workers were killed in 2013 while inspecting a track east of San Francisco. The California Public Utilities Commission sought the fine and three years of probation after determining the transit agency’s safety rules and procedure were inadequate. The agency will have to pay an additional $440,000 if it violates terms of its probation, which include tightening its safety rules and submitting more detailed safety reports.

BART spokespeople didn’t return phone and email inquiries.

The two workers had their backs to the train when struck in violation of agency safety rules. One member of inspection crews is always supposed to be watching for trains.

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Posted by Insurance - 05/14/2018 at 19:40

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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Surplus Lines Association Backed Bill

Assembly Bill 1641, legislation offered and lobbied by the Surplus Line Association of California that is designed to give the California Department of Insurance more flexibility in deciding which coverages to add to the Export List, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill unanimously passed both chambers of the California legislature.

The new law will be crucial in ensuring coverage for commercial consumers and also for emerging new technologies, including high-speed rail and autonomous vehicles, as well as other large commercial projects, and new risks such as legal, recreational cannabis and cybersecurity risks, according to the SLA.

AB 1641 was introduced and sponsored by Assembly Insurance Chair Tom Daly, D-Anaheim.

Surplus Lines Association of California Executive Director Benjamin McKay.

“We commend Governor Brown for signing this important bill,” Benjamin McKay, the SLA’s executive director, said in a statement. “The governor has demonstrated a forward-thinking vision and an embrace of innovation, and we are grateful to him for enacting this law.”

The Export List is a list of coverages, maintained by the CDI, which are eligible for placement in the surplus line market without the necessity of a broker obtaining three declinations from the admitted market. Coverages are placed on the Export List after the CDI holds a public hearing and determines that the coverages are not readily available in the admitted market.

The SLA operates as a self-governed private organization that serves as the statutory surplus line advisory organization to the CDI and facilitates the state’s capacity to monitor and direct surplus line brokers’ placements of insurance with eligible non-admitted insurers.

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Posted by Insurance - 05/05/2018 at 19:40

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USI Names Swensen P/C Practice Leader in Utah

USI Insurance Services has named Chris Swensen property/casualty practice leader for its Salt Lake City, Utah, office.

Swensen has 18 years of insurance industry experience, including group captives, professional liability, workers’ compensation and property and casualty.

He was previously vice president of sales and marketing for WCF Insurance.

USI is a insurance brokerage and consulting firm.

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Posted by Insurance - 02/11/2018 at 19:40

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Burns & Wilcox Names Posner Director of High Net Worth in California

Burns & Wilcox has added Heather Posner as an associate vice president and director of its high net worth practice in Los Angeles, Calif.

Posner will specifically be focused on expanding the firm’s high net worth personal insurance footprint in North America.

She previously worked at PURE Group of Insurance Cos. She was with AIG and Progressive before that.

Heather Posner

Burns & Wilcox is a wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager.

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Posted by Insurance - 01/28/2018 at 22:47

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Heffernan Names Van Aken Assistant Vice President in California

Heffernan Insurance Brokers has named Michelle Van Aken assistant vice president in the benefits department of the Menlo Park, Calif. office.

Van Aken brings has more than a decade of employee benefits experience ranging from open enrollment renewals and vendor management to benefits consulting and systems implementation.

She most recently worked as an employee benefits consultant at Filice Insurance.

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Heffernan has offices in San Francisco, Petaluma, Menlo Park, Los Angeles and Irvine, and in Phoenix, Ariz.; Portland, Ore. and St. Louis, Mo.

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Posted by Insurance - 01/28/2018 at 22:47

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Bill Requiring Day Care Liability Insurance Awaits Hawaii Governor’s OK

A bill requiring Hawaii child care providers to obtain liability insurance has passed its final reading in the House.

The bill is awaiting Gov. David Ige’s signature to go into effect, Hawaii News Now reported. The bill would increase oversight and help families of kids hurt at day care, supporters said.

It would be known as the “Wiley Muir Act” in honor of a 4-month-old boy who died in 2014 at a Honolulu day care.

“I think it fills an important gap in policy to protect both providers and the families they serve,” said Cynthia King, Muir’s mother. “Ultimately, it’s a bill that allows parents to sue providers once an injury or death has already occurred. And the whole point is to try and prevent those things from happening.”

The Department of Human Services stated there are roughly 390 registered child care homes and six licensed group child care facilities in Hawaii.

The agency supports the intent of the bill, but said the costs of obtaining liability insurance might reduce the number of day cares available and parents might pay more for services.

“I’m really hoping that in the future, lawmakers will recognize there are still really important steps to take to make day cares safer for our keiki (children),” King said. “Ultimately, this really is just one piece of a bigger picture to try and make licensed day cares safer for our kids.”

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Posted by Insurance - 01/28/2018 at 22:47

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Flooding Overwhelming Central Idaho Neighborhoods

City officials in central Idaho are warning residents to prepare for more flooding as muddy water continues to overwhelm neighborhoods in Ketchum and Bellevue.

Blaine County Disaster Services Coordinator Chris Corwin says the worst of the flooding is yet to come despite the region being plagued by encroaching rivers and tributaries for the past several days. That’s because warmer temperatures throughout the end of spring are expected to melt large amounts of snow in the mountain region.

The Big Wood River is projected to remain above around a height of 7 feet for the rest of the week. The National Weather Service determines that flood levels are anything over a height of 6 feet.

Ketchum Assistant City Administrator Lisa Enourato added that the city will fill 3,000 sandbags Wednesday to give out to residents who need them. Meanwhile, the Blaine County Sheriff’s office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents west of Ketchum.

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Posted by Insurance - 01/28/2018 at 22:47

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Denver Proposes Rules for Businesses to Allow Social Marijuana Use

Denver, Colo. has proposed a set of rules for businesses that get permits to allow social marijuana use.

The Denver Post reported that among the rules presented, businesses owners would have to require customers to sign waivers as they enter, follow a ventilation plan if they allow vaping devices indoors and seek a temporary suspension of their liquor license if they have one.

The voter-passed law directed the city to put in place a four-year pilot program that allows some businesses to seek annual permits to create areas where customers can consume their own cannabis. That’s as long as a business gets backing from a local neighborhood or business association.

The new law also allows one-time events to seek permits.

The newspaper reports the proposed rules will likely draw objections from backers of the initiative.

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Posted by Insurance - 01/28/2018 at 22:47

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Washington Tunnel Collapse Renews Safety Concerns over Nuclear Site


美国能源部发言人Destry Henderson表示,在屋顶塌陷的地方建造了一条碎石路,预计工人将在周三开始填土。








美国哈佛大学经常评论家D-Ore。的Ron Wyden说,这次塌陷事件表明,能源部几十年来使用的临时解决方案开始失败。




反核组织Beyond Nuclear称,事件有助于表明“放射性废物管理失控”。


















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Posted by Insurance - 01/28/2018 at 22:46

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