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Atlantic Drain Cited for 18 Violations in Massachusetts Trench Collapse

Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks died on Oct. 21, 2016, in Boston, Mass., when the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, breaking an adjacent fire hydrant supply line and filling the trench with water in a …

First Steps Under New York’s Cyber Rules: Risk Assessment, Policies, Procedures

The Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies (cyber rules) promulgated by the New York Department of Financial Services went into effect on March 1. Now, insurance companies, agencies, brokerages and producers (insurance professionals) doing business in New York, even those …

Massachusetts’ Custom House Risk Advisors Hires 3

Custom House Risk Advisors (CHRA), a Westwood, Mass.-based independent risk management consulting affiliate of Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc., has hired Kathleen Nickerson as vice president, Susan M. Scanlon as a risk management consultant and Janine Stewart as an …

Pennsylvania’s Keystone Insurers Hires Craig from The Beacon Group

Keystone Insurers Group, a Northumberland, Penn.-headquartered property and casualty insurance partnership, has named Charles A. “Tripp” Craig III director of business development. Craig has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently as a senior insurance executive for …

Zenefits Fined $1.2M for Violations of New York Insurance Law

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has fined YourPeople Inc., doing business as Zenefits FTW Insurance Services, $1.2 million for allowing unlicensed employees to sell insurance and failing to implement adequate compliance controls and employee training, according …

Six Months Later, Hurricane Flood Victims Still Recovering in Virginia

In the months since Hurricane Matthew, Dawn Sawyer has watched her 9-year-old, Sam, bite his nails down to “nubs.” She’s never seen him do that before. As Sam remembers it, he slept right through the storm. He knows the water …

Risk Strategies Acquires Massachusetts’ Mosse & Mosse

Risk Strategies Company, a privately held, national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has added to its employee benefits practice and expertise with the acquisition of Mosse & Mosse Associates LLC’s commercial benefits and consulting operations. Terms of the deal …

Q&A: Art Theft and Its Impact on the Insurance Industry

Bill Anderson, a managing partner of Brooklyn, New York-based Art Guard, recently spoke with Insurance Journal about issues related to insurance and artwork. Anderson has observed that roughly more than 50% of art thefts occur at private homes, and with …

Authorities Charge 2 with Arson in Maine Storage Building Fire

State fire officials say two men have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a large storage building in Etna, Maine. Officials say several smaller storage buildings for sale at Hill View Mini Barns also were …

New York Begins New Push to Stop Distracted Driving

New York is launching a statewide campaign against distracted driving as part of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state and local police will be stepping up patrols and checkpoints through Monday in Operation Hang Up. …

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