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Montana Homes in Fire-Prone Areas Hike Firefighting Costs, Report Shows

Rapid population growth and the desire to live near forests means new housing in western Montana is being built in wildfire-prone areas, increasing taxpayer-funded fire suppression liabilities and putting lives and property in danger, according to a new study. Half …

Southern California City Unveils Mapping Tool for Wildfire Hazards

As fire season ramps up, San Diego County, Calif. has unveiled a new online interactive map that allows residents to search out wildfire dangers in specific areas. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported he digital tool launched this week expands on …

Cal/OSHA Finds Employer at Fault in Window Washer’s 11-Story Fall

Cal/OSHA has cited Century Window Cleaning for five safety hazards following an investigation into a window washer’s 11-story fall from the roof of a San Francisco building last year. Two of the five hazards cited were for serious violations, including …

Arizona Court Tackles Highway Accident Liability Issue

The Arizona Supreme Court says state law can shield governments from lawsuits over alleged unsafe highways but that the protection only applies if the public is warned about dangerous hazards. The justices ruled Friday that the state and its local …

General Star Expands Coverage for Hazardous Specialty Training Operations

General Star Management Co. has enhanced its coverage for specialty training operations and seeks those that are privately operated providing classroom or physically active training in which participants are engaged in physically demanding or hazardous activities. This includes light, moderate …

Montana Company Accused of Workplace Safety Hazards

Federal safety regulators have proposed $75,600 in penalties for a Montana manufacturing company over alleged workplace hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Fiberglass Structures, Inc. of Laurel was cited for 12 serious violations. Among the alleged violations were …

Aon Benfield Conference Underlines ‘Complexity’ of Catastrophic Events

Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon Corp., will urge insureds and insurers to “look at the bigger picture as cat events become more complex,” at its 12th Hazards Conference in Surfers Paradise, near Sydney, Australia …