Articles by Don Jergler

Serious Worker Injuries at Lead to $250K in Fines for Washington Manufacturer

A Seattle, Wash. company that manufactures electronics mounting systems and other products is facing more than $250,000 in fines for multiple serious and willful worker safety and health violations. The state’s Department of Labor & Industries recently cited National Products …

Insurance Charity Responding to Historic California Wildfires

The insurance industry is responding to the massive blazes across California in a way that goes beyond merely paying claims. More than $30,000 has been collected within the last week to help victims of the dozens of wildfires raging across …

Tokio Marine to License Metromile’s Connected Intelligence Platform

San Francisco, Calif.-based startup Metromile announced today that Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. has become the first insurance carrier to license Metromile’s Connected Intelligence Platform. Metromile in July announced $90 million in Series E funding co-led by Tokio Marine and Intact …

Carr Fire Losses May Reach $1.5B in Likely Another Destructive Season for California

California’s Carr wildfire has the potential to yield losses of up to $1.5 billion, according to a Moody’s report issued on Thursday. The fire has ravaged parts of Shasta County in or near Redding in the Northern part of the …

Another 2K California Homeowners Eligible for Retrofit Grants

More than 2,000 homeowners will get free money to retrofit their homes to help them better withstand earthquakes, according to the top official at the California Earthquake Authority. The homeowners were on a waiting list for the Earthquake Brace + …

California Workers’ Comp Changes Helping System, Division Chief Says

California’s workers’ compensation system has undergone numerous changes since the implementation of the sweeping reforms that started in 2013 with Senate Bill 863. In the last few years medical provider fraud has been addressed by subsequent new laws, a plague …

9 California Restaurants Cited for Failing to Provide Workers’ Comp

A joint enforcement strike force issued more than $200,000 in administrative fines to nine Contra Costa County, Calif. restaurants for failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance. Investigators from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Department of Industrial Relations’ Labor Commissioner’s …

San Francisco May Screen Insurers for Their Fossil Fuels Investments

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has become what is believed to be the first U.S. municipal body to try to force insurance companies to stop insuring and investing in fossil fuels. The board on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor …

Metromile Secures $90M in Financing Led by Tokio Marine, Others

San Francisco, Calif.-based startup Metromile Inc. on Tuesday announced $90 million in Series E funding co-led by leading insurance companies Tokio Marine Holdings and Intact Financial. The financing included participation from existing and new investors NEA, Index, Future Fund and …

Warren G. Bender Co. in California Names Wood Personal Lines Manager

Warren G. Bender Co. in Northern California has named Jeffrey Wood manager of its personal lines department. He has 21 years of experience in personal insurance. He was previously an agent with Albano, Dale, Dunn & Lewis Insurance Services Inc. …