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Study Links Obesity to Higher Workers’ Compensation Costs

Obese and overweight workers are more likely to incur high costs related to workers’ compensation claims for major injuries, reports a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and …

Fitch Assesses Slowdown in E&S Market

Excess and surplus lines underwriters continued to outperform the U.S. property/casualty industry at large in terms of combined ratio in 2015, Fitch Ratings said in a new market review. The report also cautions that premium growth in the E&S sector …

Corporate Pilots Often Neglect Required Safety Checks

Corporate pilots routinely take off without performing required safety checks, a study of thousands of flights by a trade group has found. Prompted by the 2014 crash of a corporate jet that killed billionaire Lewis Katz, which occurred after pilots …

Investors Urge Food Giants to Lessen Meat Reliance to Lower Risk

A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks. The investors, …

UK Financial Sector’s Optimism Plunges in Wake of Brexit Vote

Optimism about the outlook for Britain’s financial services sector is at its lowest point since the financial crisis, a survey of finance firms showed on Monday. The latest survey of 115 financial services firms by business lobby CBI [Confederation of …

The State of Property Crime in U.S.

Property crimes resulted in losses of $14.3 billion in the U.S. in 2015, with $4.9 billion of those losses due to motor vehicle thefts, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The FBI report, Crime in the United …

What’s Ahead in Health Care Workers’ Compensation?

For the 2017 accident year, health care systems will face a complex environment of emerging risks that will have a direct impact on workers’ compensation, according to analysts at Aon Global Risk Consulting. The risk consulting business recently released its …

Business Interruption Tops List of Risks Facing Global Organizations: Survey

Business interruption, property damage and general liability are the top three risks faced by businesses, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies operating outside the U.S., according to the Summer/Fall edition of “Clements Worldwide Risk Index.” In fact, business interruption and property …

Cyber Risk Costs Not Big Enough to Spur Investment by Businesses

The cost of a typical cyber breach to an American company is much less than has been generally estimated, providing one possible explanation for why companies do not invest more to improve computer security, according to a new RAND Corp. …

Medical Marijuana Laws Linked to Fewer Opioid-Related Fatal Crashes

There have been fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than there were before the laws went into effect, according to a new study. The study, conducted at Columbia University’s …