ISSUE: AEU Safety and Claims Forum

Safety Forum May 2014The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) conducted its latest Safety & Claims Forum in St. Louis on May 7th and 8th, 2014. Following each previous semi-annual Forum I’ve devoted space here to discussions of the events. These Forums provide important opportunities for education and professional growth for ALMA Members.

The growth trend continued for the AEU Forum, and this latest event was the best attended yet, with over 100 participants, comprised of ALMA Members, their brokers, and invitees.

The Keynote Speaker was Joseph White with Dupont Sustainable Solutions. His presentation was entitled, “Reaching the Heart: The Art & Science of Persuasion”. It reviewed cognitive and affective intellect as they relate to injury avoidance, rewards and anticipated outcomes.

The closing speaker was Julio Malera. His presentation was entitled, “It Only Takes Everything You’ve Got”. He discussed how to develop and practice the skills needed to fully develop potential.

In between Mr. White’s and Mr. Malera’s presentations, this Forum featured presentations to the entire group as well as a large number of breakout sessions, offering more than enough for everyone. Here is simply a list of the subjects covered.

Effective Environmental Inspections

“Beat The Drum: Leadership’s Role in Building a Safety Culture”, discussing the roles of leading versus managing, how to avoid unintentional consequences and build and continually reinforce the safety culture that you want.

Training and Developing Your Safety Professionals

Machine Guarding: Point of Operations Guards

Claims – ADA Accommodations vs. Permanent Light Duty presented by attorney Robert Nienhuis

Incentive Programs

Marine Chemist: Effective Closed Space Safety Program

Jones Act Versus Longshore Act: The Uncertainty Zone

Completing the LS-202, Employer’s First Report of Injury

Communications Between the Employer and the AEU Claims Specialist

Q & A Claims Panel Discussion

Marine Cargo Handling and Health Breakout Agenda

Crane and Gear Certifications

New Safety Related Ideas & Technology

Members Helping Members

OSHA Website Resources for Marine Cargo Handling

Becoming SHARP Certified

Marine Cargo Handling Lessons Learned and Solutions

Shipyard Safety and Health Breakout Agenda

Electronic Inspections

Fire Safety Plans

Revisit Past Safety Solutions

Lessons Learned: Sharing Ideas for Improvement

Speakers were comprised of industry experts, ALMA Members offering their own actual experience, and AEU subject matter experts. If all of this seems like an extraordinarily comprehensive and ambitious program, you’re right, it was. And judging from the unanimous feedback, it was an extraordinary success.

The next AEU Safety and Claims Forum will be held in Baltimore in October 2014.

ISSUE: AEU Maritime Safety and Claims Forum

Safety Forum April 2013This is a guest blog provided by AEU’s Director of Loss Control Jimmy Burgin. In this posting, Jimmy reports on the most recent AEU Maritime Safety and Claims Forum.

Back in October 2012, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. Safety Committee meeting changed its title to the AEU Safety and Claims Forum, but this change did not alter its reputation as being the premier maritime safety and claims meeting in the U.S. Our meeting of the AEU Maritime Safety and Claims Forum in Miami, Florida on April 9 – 11, 2013 was impressive and exceeded expectations among all that attended. This meeting is crafted specifically for members of the American Longshore Mutual Association, their brokers and special invitees.

Our first speaker was Jim McCready, an attorney who practices workers’ compensation defense and specializes in USL&H claims. Jim’s presentation centered on Section 20 of the Longshore Act, also known as the “Presumption”. Dr. Jim Baylis, an orthopedic physician specializing in injuries to the extremities explained the differences between an acute injury and chronic conditions. Teri Simpson, an investigator with Titan Investigative services, showed us the common techniques used in surveillance specifically social media.

A.J. Montalbano with AEU led the forum in a discussion about decisions following losses and how making the wrong decisions might cause additional loss. The discussion focused on: the accident scene, the investigation, subrogation, reporting requirements, claims strategy, scheduled and non scheduled injuries, light duty work and good treatment of injured workers.

As usual, breakout sessions for marine cargo handling and shipyard sub-groups were held. Both sessions focused on the continuing development of the AEU fall prevention guidance document that the forum is producing.

ALMA member JB Marine presented successful programs the company has implemented to increase safety performance.

The Forum keynote speaker was a Dupont Sustainable Solutions consultant. The consultant discussed how conscious and unconscious actions lead to losses and how companies can implement programs to increase the likelihood of safe work.

As usual, attendee feed back from this AEU Maritime Safety and Claims Forum indicated this was a very successful meeting. Many persons felt the meeting provided ideas to take back to their company to improve their safety program.