The success or failure of a response to an emergency scene depends on the driver’s ability to get the crew on location safely, efficiently, and professionally without causing damage to public property or injury to the general public and fellow firefighters. The firefighter’s work of saving lives and property cannot begin or continue if the crew becomes involved in an accident while responding to an emergency incident. Many factors must come together for an emergency driver to consistently respond to emergencies in a safe manner. When any of these factors fail your firefighters and equipment can be subject accidents. This article is an example of what can happen when one or more factors fail.
The purpose of various Building and Fire Codes are to provide minimum standards to safeguard life or limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings, structures and certain equipment within a building, and to protect the building structure from various threats and exposures. There are a number of building and fire codes available so it is up to each individual city or county government to adapt the one that best fits their need.
Circuit breakers are designed to break, or interrupt, an electrical current when there is too much current for the electrical line to carry safely, or when other unsafe conditions exist. When the circuit breaker fails to trip, uncontrolled current may flow through the system, causing overheating and increasing the risk of fire and damage to electrical equipment and electronic systems, and increasing the risk of injury or death to persons working on the equipment, or present in the building.
This guide utilizes data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to provide practical information your organization can use to better understand common employment liability exposures. While many court, state and municipal codes may vary, there are still some broad practices and information all public entities can employ to recognize and mitigate the risks of these exposures. It is our hope that you will use this information to help identify your own exposures and to implement effective risk management practices.
Law enforcement pattern and practice investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) continue to take place because of the high profile incidents of a few departments. As our culture changes, so do the demands and needs of law enforcement and the community. The origins of many DOJ investigations are from claims of improper use of force, unlawful stops and searches, as well as biased policing. Monitoring the various DOJ investigations is a good tool for your command staff to keep current with the expectations of the justice system including your management systems, policies, and actions on the street.
Sewer back-ups are unfortunately an occasional issue that local governments have to deal with, some more often than others. These surprise occurrences are never a happy time for anyone, including the property owner as well as the utility who is trying to provide quality services to the citizens.
Every utility’s infrastructure is subject to aging, accidental damage, intentional misuse, and exposure to Mother Nature (e.g. corrosion of underground pipe, root intrusion, soil displacement, lightning, wind, surface flooding caused by heavy rain events, frost, etc.).
The utility’s infrastructure can and sometimes do fail, in spite of ongoing maintenance and regular upgrades. Discussions around making the damaged business owner or homeowner whole again (paid for their damages) usually revolve around negligence and politics.
In today’s unprecedented times, many public entities are facing budget shortfalls due to decreased revenue sources, record unemployment, and rising healthcare costs. According to a survey released jointly by the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, nearly 100% of survey respondents will feel the economic impact of COVID-19 leading to both furloughs and layoffs.
In June 2016 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a report from the “Co-Chairs of the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace”. The report focuses on the prevention of unwelcome conduct based on characteristics protected under our employment civil rights laws, even before such conduct might rise to the level of illegal harassment. The EEOC’s Select Task Force was activated in early 2015 with the final report being presented June 2016, just before the #MeToo movement first appeared. Many good discussions, examples and conclusions came out of this report and are used here in an abbreviated form (access the full report)
Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions is the marketing brand for the insurance company subsidiaries of Intact Insurance Group USA LLC. Coverages may be underwritten by one of the following insurance companies: Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company, a New York insurer; Homeland Insurance Company of New York, a New York insurer; Homeland Insurance Company of Delaware, a Delaware insurer; OBI America Insurance Company, a Pennsylvania insurer; OBI National Insurance Company, a Pennsylvania insurer; or The Guarantee Company of North America USA, a Michigan insurer. Each of these insurers maintains its principal place of business at 605 Highway 169 N, Plymouth, MN 55441, except The Guarantee Company of North America USA, which is located at One Towne Square, Southfield, MI 48076. This material is intended as a general description of certain types of insurance coverages and services. Coverages and availability vary by state; exclusions and deductibles may apply. Please refer to your insurance policy or consult with your independent insurance advisor for information about coverages, terms and conditions. Some coverage may be written by a surplus lines insurer through a licensed surplus lines broker. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.