Category Archive: Environmental

Nov 30

Environmental – Limits and Extensions Stretch Far

Opportunities abound in contractors’ pollution liability policies as premiums hit rock bottom in a crowded marketplace. Read the new article from ENR about Limits and Extensions. PDF Article.

Nov 17

PCBs in the Built Environment

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) are a group of man-made chemicals that were used in a variety of different industrial and commercial applications, including electrical equipment, hydraulic fluids and insulating materials, from the 1950s until 1978. Due to environmental concerns, though, the manufacture of PCBs was prohibited in 1979 under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Click …

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Jul 03

New Federal OSHA Chemical Labeling Rules

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The rules and regulations are always changing, and that especially goes for contractors. The new Federal OSHA chemical labeling rules will impact every carpet cleaner, janitorial company, and fire/water restoration and reconstruction company in America. Micheal Wilson covers how these new rules will affect you and your business. Read this very important article to know …

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May 06

Sampling of Environmental Losses in Buildings

Long Island apartment tenants forced out – mold remediation expected to cost millions for Archstone-Smith A resident of a water-damaged apartment complex filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the property owner, saying that the Archstone Westbury’s “water intrusion problems” and reported mold and mildew made her sick and damaged her property, according to court documents. Andrea …

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Apr 29

Why Contractors Need Environmental Insurance

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No matter how careful you are, you can never eliminate all exposure to hazardous materials or waste on construction jobsites. Improving quality control, material handling procedures, conducting site surveys, and updating work policies can help prevent accidents and exposure and improve work site health and safety, but these steps alone may not be enough to …

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Apr 23

Plumbers and HVAC Pollution Liability Exposures

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Today’s plumbing or HVAC professional is assuming risks that were previously covered by their general liability policies. Insurance carriers today routinely insert pollution, asbestos, lead, microbial matter (mold) and bacteria exclusions into their policies. These exclusions were being added over the last 8 years as insurance carriers were paying claims for the above exposures they …

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Jun 04

Washington landlord cited for failing to notify tenants of lead paint

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(Seattle – May 15, 2012) Robert Kerr of Everett, Washington will pay a penalty for alleged violations of the federal Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Kerr leases properties located in Bellingham, Washington. From 2008-2010, Mr. Kerr leased 26 residential units numerous times and …

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Apr 25

Why Your Insurance Agency Should Offer Contractor Pollution Liability On Construction Risks

Visit http://www.nationaleands.com or call us at (888) 473-8985 There are two things that motivate insurance agencies, additional revenue streams from cross selling opportunities and protecting the agency from errors and omissions claims. Contractors are around potential pollution hazards on a daily basis and virtually every single general liability policy issued today in the United States …

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Apr 23

Wondering If The EPA Is Going To Fine Contractors For Violations?

So the question has been bandied about whether or not the EPA would actually crack down on contractors and fine them for violations. Well we now have an answer! HosingZone.com is reporting that Two remodelers and a rental property owner have been fined by the EPA for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and the Painting …

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Apr 20

Sampling of Environmental Losses in Buildings

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Long Island apartment tenants forced out – mold remediation expected to cost millions for Archstone-Smith A resident of a water-damaged apartment complex filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the property owner, saying that the Archstone Westbury’s “water intrusion problems” and reported mold and mildew made her sick and damaged her property, according to court documents. Andrea …

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