Construction and Contractors News

Massive Iowa Construction Site Fire Fueled by High Winds

High winds hampered firefighters’ efforts to extinguish a fire at a huge assisted living complex under construction in West Des Moines, Iowa, officials said. The four-alarm fire was reported around 6 p.m. Monday, the Des Moines Register reported. Fire officials …

Washington Roofer Claiming He Was Too Injured to Work Faces Felony Charge

A Federal Way, Wash., man faces a felony theft charge after state investigators caught him working on a roof, despite the fact he was getting workers’ comp payments and claiming he was too injured to work. José Guadalupe Sanchez, 49, …

Cal/OSHA Cites Solar Panel Installer $193K for Willful Fall Protection Violation

Cal/OSHA has cited an Anaheim, Calif. solar panel installation company $193,905 for multiple serious workplace safety hazards including one willful serious accident-related violation, following an investigation of a worker who was seriously injured after they fell from the roof of …

After Lawmakers Abolish State Plumbing Licensing Board; Texas Governor Revives It

Heading off the prospect of everyone in Texas being able to call themselves plumbers, Gov. Greg Abbott extended the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its licensing law until 2021 via an executive order. The Texas State Board of …

Plumber Says ‘Safety Is at Risk’ After Texas Lawmakers Flush Plumbing Code

Plumbers in Texas will no longer be subject to state regulations after lawmakers this week flushed the state plumbing code and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, a state agency that employed dozens and generated $5.2 million in revenue …

Highland Insurance Solutions Launches Contractors Equipment Coverage

Highland Insurance Solutions has launched a new equipment product for contractors. The new policy form offers broad protection and scheduled or blanket reporting coverage. Highland’s new contractors equipment coverage features include: Up to $10 million loss limits $5,000 minimum premium …

SIS Wholesale Insurance Services Launches Online Commercial Excess Program

Safebuilt Insurance Services, Inc. dba SIS Wholesale Insurance Services, a national commercial lines insurance program administrator, has launched an online Commercial Excess Liability program. This program offers follow form excess liability coverage with limits up to $10 million. Coverage is …

Digital Carrier Next Insurance Launches General Contractor Coverage

Small business digital insurance carrier Next Insurance has launched a new general contractor insurance policy that includes general and professional liability insurance for general contractors entirely online. Next Insurance now offers three coverage plans for general contractor insurance starting at …

Ironshore Enhances Designers, Contractors PL Coverage

Ironshore’s Construction Industry group, in conjunction with Ironshore Specialty Casualty, has enhanced its coverage for designers and contractors. The specialty program offers contractors pollution liability on an occurrence basis within its combination policy covering contractors liability, contractors pollution liability and …

Willis Towers Watson Launches Cyber Coverage for Construction Industry

Willis Towers Watson has launched tailored cyber insurance coverage for the construction industry. CyCon was developed in close cooperation with specialty cyber insurance provider NAS Insurance Services and is available nationwide. The coverage includes a blend of first- and third-party …