Wildland fires are on the rise in the U.S. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 2015 saw more than 68,000 wildfires burn over 10 million acres. The U.S. Forest Service reports that 2015 was also the most expensive wildfire season on record, costing $1.71 billion for the year. This total surpasses the previous record […]
By Pete Chart, Alexander & Schmidt, with Pat Durland of Stone Creek Fire
Pat Durland has been in the business of wildland fire management for over 30 years. He began as a wildland firefighter and smokejumper and literally knows wildfire from the ground up. Since 2004, Pat’s company, Stone Creek Fire LLC, of Boise, Idaho, has been sharing […]
Drones for commercial and recreational use are becoming increasingly popular today. In this article, we will discuss types of drones, the marketplace for drones, current and proposed regulations, potential risks posed by drone operations, and some solutions.
In April of 2014, when a triathlon in Australia hired a local drone operator to take aerial photographs of their event, competition […]
The Emergence Of The Sharing Economy In The Business-To-Business Sector
The so-called “triumph of access over ownership” that is defining and driving the new Sharing Economy is also the underlying force bringing new economic models, not just to lodging and rides, but to a wide array of business-to- business (B2B) sectors, as well. Coupled with new mobile technologies, cloud […]
By Pat Hill, QA Manager, Alexander & Schmidt
The primary problem with Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) is the retention of moisture from water infiltration that promotes the rotting of wood and wood products (OSB, plywood, etc.) Usually this is the substrate and studding on a frame structure.
Underwriting may encounter a situation in which the […]
Once upon a time, the insurance industry made significant ongoing commitments to the development of its own Loss Control professionals. In fact, insurers promoted their strengths and competed against each other by touting the distinctions of their high-caliber Loss Control professionals. That competitive approach is far less prominent today, as many insurers have felt compelled […]
Loss Prevention professionals will often say: “Give me a standard to cite so that my recommendations for improvement are viewed by the client as having credibility.” Professionals are often challenged to cite “Industry Best Practice,” however, it is difficult to refer to standards that may not be uniform across the industry, such as has been […]
Increasingly, due to cost control measures, sustainability initiatives, and political and societal pressure, companies, educational institutions, governments and individuals are installing and maintaining new sources of alternative energy. These include different types of wind, solar, geothermal and other energies, along with a focus on “green” building technologies.
In the U.S., the greatest source of human-caused greenhouse gas […]
Every day, men and women from around the world return home from work to their families free from injuries and illnesses thanks to occupational safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professionals, who have dedicated their careers to protecting people, property and the environment. SH&E professionals work behind the scenes identifying and eliminating potential hazards in workplaces around the world, and their efforts are often achieved with little or no fanfare.
Loss Control positively impacts the profitability of our insurance company customers by effectively applying risk control/risk management techniques in the selection, management, and retention of desirable accounts.
At Alexander & Schmidt, acting on behalf of our customers, we complete risk assessments, perform consulting assignments, and facilitate training activities that contribute to the fulfillment of our customers’ overall business […]