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Straight From The Source Blog by Higginbotham Insurance


Top 10 OSHA violations and tips to avoid them

February 15 , 2018

Top OSHA violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently unveiled its top 10 most frequently cited violations for 2017. The agency annually reports the leading causes of workplace injuries during its fiscal year (October through the following September).

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Reputational risk and insurance

February 10 , 2018

Reputation damage

Your company’s reputation is one of its greatest assets. But what happens if something tarnishes that reputation? Your food makes a customer sick. Your products cause injury. Your website is hacked, revealing your customers’ personal details. Whether or not it’s your fault, reputational damage can hurt your bottom line.

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Cyber liability trends and safeguards

January 05 , 2018

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Several cyberattacks made headlines in 2017. Incidents like the WannaCry ransomware infection and the Equifax data breach don’t appear to be flukes. Instead, they’re part of a bigger trend, and one that’s expected to continue through 2018. And hackers aren’t the only online threat. Infringement of intellectual property, defamation and other perils await anyone doing business online.

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Texas risk management: Charitable Immunity and Liability Act of 1987

December 27 , 2017

Texas charitable immunity act

The Charitable Immunity and Liability Act of 1987 (the Act) was passed to reduce the liability exposure and insurance costs of charitable organizations and their employees and volunteers in order to encourage volunteer services and maximize the resources devoted to delivering these services.

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How cyber insurance works

November 30 , 2017

how cyber insurance works

Strengths. Weaknesses. Opportunities. Threats. As you plan for 2018, you may be conducting a formal or informal SWOT analysis for your business. When you get to the “Threat” category, make sure to add cyber risk to your list.

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Common commercial vehicle accidents and how to prevent them

November 17 , 2017

Preventing commercial vehicle accidents

If your workers use vehicles for business purposes, the risk of a commercial vehicle accident is real. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, representing an increase of 8 percent compared to the previous year. The same year, 415,000 crashes involving large trucks were reported to the police. Commercial vehicle accidents can result in significant loss, and accident prevention is in everyone’s best interest.

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Transportation contract risk management: Texas anti-indemnity laws

October 06 , 2017

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In the first two parts of this contract review series, we discussed the state-specific anti-indemnity laws affecting Texas construction and oilfield contracts. As we explained, the Lone Star State has specific anti-indemnity laws for the commercial construction, oilfield and motor carrier transportation industries. It’s important to understand these laws before your company signs a contract so you can avoid unexpected costs and litigation in the event of a claim.

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Hurricane Harvey recovery and workplace safety concerns

September 13 , 2017

Hurricane Harvey Recovery

The storm is over, but the recovery is only beginning. After making landfall in Texas on August 25, Hurricane Harvey caused massive damage both with high winds and with extreme flooding. Texas Governor Greg Abbot expects damage from the storm to cost at least $150 billion. As people try to return to life and work as normal, many potential hazards await them. For companies trying to resume business, it’s important to consider the workplace safety risks that such a major storm creates.

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Investigative steps to take after a slip & fall accident

September 08 , 2017

Slip and fall accident, investigative steps

If your business is open to the public, you have a duty to exercise reasonable care in keeping customers safe. Among other things, exercising reasonable care involves keeping floors and sidewalks dry and free of hazards, using wet floor signs and maintaining good housekeeping.

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Know your e-mod factor and how it affects your workers’ comp premiums

August 24 , 2017

e-mod factor & loss control

Businesses today are seeing movement in their experience modification (e-mod) factors. In Texas, there have been changes over the last few years in how modifiers are calculated. Higher modifiers can cost contractors work and affect how underwriters view businesses as a risk.

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