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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

在汉福德核保留区的成千上万名工作人员被告知留在家中,因为努力开始堵塞一个在建造核弹材料时含有危险放射性废物的隧道局部坍塌中形成的洞。

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。

“我们打算今天开始填补这个空白,”亨德森周三说。

汉德森说,位于华盛顿州中南部的汉福德拥有约9000名员工,其中大多数人被告知周三待在家中。

一个400平方英尺的隧道屋顶被发现在周二早上倒塌,迫使成千上万的工人在原地呆了几个小时。

亨德森说,官员没有发现辐射释放,没有工人在空置隧道的坍塌中受伤。

铁路隧道建于1956年,用木材,混凝土和钢制成,并且被八英尺的土壤覆盖。它是360英尺长。

放射性物质被铁路车带入隧道大约十年。该隧道于1965年密封,8辆铁路车厢内装有核废料。

该隧道是存储全国核武器复合体中存在的放射性废物的临时性方法的一个典型例子。自1980年代后期以来,政府一直在努力清理汉福德,而且这项工作预计将持续到2060年,并将耗资1000亿美元。

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。

Wyden说:“清理汉福德所需的时间越长,对工人,公众和环境的风险就越高。”

由第二次世界大战曼哈顿计划建造的汉福德包含了美国最大量的核武器钚生产遗留的放射性废物。最危险的是177个老化地下储罐中储存的5600万加仑废物,其中一些泄漏。

官员说,隧道屋顶塌陷造成了上面地面上的土壤下沉了2到4英尺,超过了400平方英尺的面积。

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

美国民主党参议员玛丽亚坎特韦尔说,工人的安全必须是重中之重。

“我的想法与第一批正在努力评估实地情况的应急人员一致,”她说。

汉福德位于西雅图东南约200英里处,工人的安全一直是人们关注的焦点。

华盛顿检察长鲍勃弗格森去年秋天向能源部及其承包商华盛顿河保护解决方案提起诉讼,称地下核废料箱释放的蒸气对工人构成严重威胁。

弗格森说,自20世纪80年代初以来,数百名工人已经接触到从坦克逃逸的蒸汽,而那些呼吸蒸气的人出现流鼻血,胸部和肺部疼痛,头痛,咳嗽,喉咙痛,眼睛发红和呼吸困难。

能源部的律师表示,没有证据表明工人受到蒸气伤害。

这个崩溃的原因并不是很清楚。这是周二发现的,作为例行检查的一部分。

联邦机构表示,该工地附近的工作人员已被疏散,另有数百人远离室内,被告知要在室内呆几个小时。

“本顿县和富兰克林县的居民目前没有采取任何行动,”能源部门称,该场所附近有近30万居民,“目前没有迹象显示污染释放。”

美国能源部长里克佩里听取了华盛顿州州长杰伊·斯威利称事件严重的事件的简报。

“确保工人和社区的安全是首要任务,”曾任国会Hanford地区代表的民主党人Inslee说。

事故发生在一座被称为钚铀提取设施的工厂中,该工厂位于500平方英里的汉福德工厂的中间,占罗德岛的一半。

PUREX大楼是三个足球场的长度,用于从辐照燃料棒中回收钚。

众议院能源和商业委员会的高级民主党人表示,他正在要求能源部向委员会简要介绍崩溃的根源。

新泽西州众议员弗兰克帕洛内说,事件​​突出表明,该部门需要采取一切必要的预防措施,以确保工人的安全和保障。

委员会负责监督部门对清理工作的管理。

汉福德遗址建于二战期间,为美国大部分核武库提供钚,其中包括在战争结束时投放在日本长崎的炸弹。

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

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