Simple Cyber Security Risks You May Overlook!

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Cyber Security, Risk Management0 Comments

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As large-scale cybersecurity attacks continue to wreak havoc, attackers are broadening their approach in order to strengthen their impact. In addition to the growth of the sheer number of attacks, they are also becoming more destructive and being utilized by other entities, such as nation-states. Aside from putting robust anti-virus and malware software on your computers, you may want to … Read More

Leasing Vs. Buying in The Trucking Industry: What you Need to Know

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Commercial Auto Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry0 Comments

The trucking industry is the core of transportation of goods across the United States and beyond. While investing in these monster-sized vehicles can be lucrative in the long-run, they can cost a pretty penny upfront. The average yearly cost of operating a truck is currently set at around $180,000 according to The Truck Driving Institute. The great debate of “buying … Read More

Road Rage – it’s Real and It’s Dangerous

Joe PintoBusiness Insurance, Commercial Auto Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry0 Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Road rage, according to the NHTSA, emerged as a label to “describe the angry and violent behaviors at the extreme of the aggressive driving continuum.” They clarify that “aggressive driving is … Read More

Rhode Island would be first state to impose carbon tax; trucking industry braces for higher costs

Jonathan BelekRisk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry

A bill currently under consideration by the Rhode Island legislature would make the Ocean State the first to impose a “carbon tax” on fossil fuel production. This is important news for the trucking industry because if enacted as written it means gasoline and diesel fuel producers will be hit with a new tax which will be passed along one way … Read More

How to Get Your Truck Drivers to Actually Use Your Wellness Program

Jill GouletHealth Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry, Wellness Programs, Workers Compensation

Truck drivers have unique health concerns. An NIOSH survey found that 50% are smokers and 70% are obese. They’re prone to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney failure, back problems, and motor vehicle accidents related to fatigue and stress. These problems can lead to a loss of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate and their CDLs. You want your staff to … Read More

Contractors: Get your subcontractor insurance house in order!

Jonathan BelekConstruction Industry, Contractors insurance, Risk Management, Uncategorized, Workers Compensation

It’s a tough landscape for the building trades in Connecticut. Jobs are out there, but bidding is competitive and margins are tight. We’re nearly 10 years past its beginning, but we’re still not fully recovered from the Great Recession that wiped out trillions of dollars in real estate equity. Given that reality, it doesn’t surprise me when a construction firm … Read More

8 Steps to Vet Construction Subcontractors

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Construction Industry, Contractors insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training

As a general contractor, it’s likely that you’ll use subcontractors at some point. Subcontractors can be an efficient way to outsource work. As specialists, they’ll often do a better job than a generalist and their smaller size means they can work quicker and leaner. However, the construction job is your responsibility. The performance of the subcontractor will reflect on you. … Read More

Trucking companies (or companies that just use trucks): Make the most of your industry associations

Joe PintoCommercial Auto Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry

Strength in numbers. The power of a team. A built-in support system. No matter the size of your fleet, if you use trucks in any capacity, joining an industry association is a smart idea for your business. From big rig haulers to landscapers with a couple of light duty box trucks, the trucking industry has particular needs and a host … Read More

Trucking Risk Insights: Top 10 Vehicle Violations – 2016

Jonathan BelekRisk Management, Safety Training, Trucking and Transportation Industry, Uncategorized

Top 10 Vehicle Violations—2016 A roadside inspection is an examination of individual commercial motor vehicles and drivers by a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspector to determine compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and/or Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). Serious violations result in the issuance of driver or vehicle out of service (OOS) orders. These violations must … Read More

Trucking P&C Pro-File Newsletter – February 2017

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training, Trucking and Transportation Industry

New Study Links Multiple Health Conditions to Preventable Crashes It can be extremely difficult for commercial truck drivers to stay healthy on the job. Drivers often work long hours without rest, stay seated all day and don’t have access to exercise or nutritious meals. However, a new study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine found that drivers … Read More