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Ohio’s Westfield Insurance Expands Responsibilities of Leadership Team

Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier based in Westfield, Ohio, announced the following changes to its leadership team: Mike Prandi has been named to the new role of insurance operations leader. He is responsible for the delivery of sales …

Chubb Sued for $60M by Owners of Ohio Mansion Destroyed by Fire

The owners of a southwest Ohio mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million for allegedly not honoring their claims. Court documents show homeowners Jeffrey and Maria Decker filed the lawsuit …

Jung Appointed Director of P/C Business Development at Oswald Cos.

Ohio-based Oswald Companies appointed Jessica Jung to the position of director of business development, property/casualty. Jung joins Oswald with more than 15 years of experience at Chubb Insurance, most recently serving as vice president and branch leader of Chubb’s Cleveland …

Company in Ohio Overpass Collapse Had Strong Safety Track Record

Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery in Ohio on Jan. 20 after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll …

Ohio Fighting Scrap Metal Theft with Data Sharing Project

Scrap metal dealers are getting help combatting theft from a new data-sharing arrangement through the Ohio Courts Network. Under a December agreement between the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, a “Do Not Buy from Convicted …

Ohio’s Smith Insurance Services Partners with the Leavitt Group

Ohio-based Smith Insurance Services Inc., along with Franchise Insurance Agency Inc., has entered into a partnership with the Leavitt Group. The agency will now be doing business as Smith & Leavitt Insurance Services and will continue to exclusively offer personal …

Explosion, Fire Cause Extensive Damage at Husky Energy’s Ohio Refinery

A fire that started after an explosion on Jan. 10 at Husky Energy Inc.’s 155,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) crude oil refinery in Lima, Ohio, has caused extensive damage to a unit at the plant, a fire official said. No injuries were reported …

December Was Ohio’s Deadliest Month for Fires in 2014

A string of multiple-fatality home blazes made December Ohio’s deadliest fire month of 2014 and pushed the year’s death toll to 115. Statistics requested by The Associated Press from the state fire marshal’s office show 16 people were killed by …

No State Mandate to Shovel Sidewalks in Ohio, but Local Laws May Require It

As far as Ohio state law goes, homeowners don’t have a legal obligation to shovel sidewalks due to a natural accumulation of snow and ice, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t at least try to maintain them, according to the …

Ohio Traffic Deaths Increased in 2014

Preliminary data indicate the number of Ohio traffic deaths for the past year probably won’t be another record low and might go back above 1,000. The State Highway Patrol reports 973 fatalities for the year, with at least 37 more …