Articles by Denise Johnson

Window Covering Makers May Finally Go Cordless to Avert Child Strangulation Deaths

Window covering cords have been the cause of more than 800 deaths of children globally, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The hidden hazard occurs when a child gets entangled within the loose cords. In 2014, the federal …

Staying Ahead of Workplace Violence by Identifying Behaviors of Concern

In most incidents involving violence in the workplace, there are warning signs that precede an event, according to Jim Satterfield, president, COO and founder of crisis coaching firm Firestorm. According to a Firestorm survey, more than 90 percent of employees …

Federal Agencies Propose New Plan to Tackle Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving’s annual societal costs are estimated to be $109 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The figure is likely higher given that it doesn’t include property damage costs. With …

Cyber Terrorism a Major Concern for U.S. Businesses

U.S. businesses focused on addressing crisis management in the event of an on premise terrorist attack may be leaving their information systems vulnerable to a cyber attack. According to The Global Risks Report 2016, compiled through a strategic partnership between …

Changing Employee Demographics Push Insurers to Focus on Strategic Recruitment

With nearly 400,000 employees expected to retire from the insurance industry workforce within the next few years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, its incumbent on carriers to consider the ways in which they communicate with and recruit …

Mercury Insurance Investigates Questionable Ferrari Loss

Shannon Navejas, special investigator 2 with Mercury Insurance, shares how a claim for a 2000 collector edition Ferrari valued at $188,000 went up in smoke as a result of a thorough investigation which included the use of background checks, a …

Hot Weather Can Be Hazardous to Workers

With an extended heat wave gripping the nation, employers and workers are being reminded of the hazards associated with working in the heat. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), high temperatures and increased humidity will continue throughout …

New FAA Rules Opens Door for Increased Use of Drones in Insurance

The recent release of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules for drones weighing less than 55 pounds will allow drones to be used in more commercial applications, like during claims inspections of individual homes. Susan Williams, content strategist with CoreLogic, discussed …

Planning for the Worst: Terrorism and Workplace Violence

Several recent manmade events, including the attack at Pulse nightclub in Florida and the Belgium airport terrorist bombing, highlight the vulnerability of the workplace. Workplace violence costs employers over $120 billion a year, according to the National Institute for Occupational …

Poking Around Legal Issues Associated With Pokémon Go

As excited game enthusiasts embraced the Pokémon Go app release recently, several hazards associated with playing the virtual game in the real world have surfaced. According to the Apple iTunes description, Pokémon Go, created by Niantic, Inc., allows users the …