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How Scaffold Safety Creates Profits

January 12, 2021 //When it comes to scaffolding, safety can lead to profit. Raymond Hendry is the HSE Director for Gulf South Services, Inc. and has 24 years of scaffold experience in shipbuilding, refining, petrochemical, new construction, and offshore platforms. In this webcast, Raymond discusses who governs scaffolding, the importance of hiring a qualified person to train, and how proper training can prevent injuries and save money.

Proactive Prevention of Unwanted Shipyard Fires

December 29, 2020 //There are several risks associated with the shipyard industry, but none are more dangerous than the risk to employees and vessels through fire. Fires not only expose employees to injury, but they are also the leading cause of property damage. In this webcast, Senior Loss Control Manager Terry Guidry discusses the requirements of a fire safety plan and how to review current policies and practices to prevent unwanted fires from happening in the future.

The Four Components of Safety Excellence

November 18, 2020 // As many health and safety professionals will attest, just because a workplace is free of injuries doesn't make it safe. In this webcast, Shawn Galloway of ProAct Safety discusses the four core components of safety excellence, and how building a safety culture is centered on effective leadership, teamwork, and alignment of management and the workforce.

Preventing Electrical Extension Cord Hazards

November 17, 2020 // Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat more than 4,000 injuries associated with electrical extension cords. In this webcast, AEU loss control manager Ray Ruiz gives examples of how this often-overlooked hazard can be a matter of life or death for longshore workers. He also covers how to properly inspect, maintain, repair, and replace extension cords to keep workers safe.

Don't Blame Gravity: Avoiding Hidden Costs of Same-Level Falls

October 21, 2020 // In 2019, 19% of all ALMA claims were related to slip, trip, and fall injuries -- and 80% of those were same-level falls. Safety programs often focus on falls from heights, where there's a high risk of death or serious injury. But data shows that same-level falls are also dangerous and can be costly for employers. In this webcast, AEU loss control manager Jason Lake looks at fall injury trends, as well as some case studies where root-cause analysis was used to identify corrective and to prevent falls long-term.

Winds of Change: How Offshore Wind Farms Will Change the Landscape of Maritime Workers' Compensation

September 30, 2020 // The emergence of wind energy, poised to eventually be the dominant source of power in the United States, presents a tremendous opportunity for our national and global economies. In the U.S. alone, it has the potential to create 83,000 jobs and $25 billion in economic output by 2030. As companies ramp up their workforce to support activities related to wind farm construction and maintenance both on- and offshore, it's critical to understand the various workers' compensation laws that impact this sector. Offshore wind farms, in particular, have unique jurisdictional issues. As we enter an exciting new frontier of clean energy, employers and insurance brokers alike must take a closer look at old laws that will be interpreted to meet new circumstances.

Use of Prosthetics in Longshore Claims

September 2, 2020 // David Anderson is the chief operating officer of Orchid Medical, an ancillary medical service provider for longshore and workers’ compensation claims. In this webcast, David discusses the current and emerging prosthetic technologies, what you’re likely to see on claims where prosthetics are involved, and how these amazing devices help injured workers regain mobility and changing their lives for the better.

Marine Chemist Q&A: Confined Spaces

August 19, 2020 // Confined spaces are among the most potentially hazardous environments in a shipyard. OSHA has several requirements in place to protect the safety of shipyard workers, and it's up to employers to comply. In this webcast, we asked Larry Russell, a Principal Specialist  with the National Fire Protection Association, some of the most common questions we receive about confined spaces, shipyard competent person training, marine chemist certificates, and more.

AEU's LOOK Program Helps Employers Reduce Incidents by Increasing Situational Awareness

August 5, 2020 // Situational awareness is the ability to sense hazards in your environment while continuing to conduct normal activities and be productive. Essentially, it's paying attention to your surroundings. Most incidents in maritime facilities can be avoided by simply improving the situational awareness of workers. In this webcast, three of AEU's loss control managers -- Christian Murillo, Bobby Anderson, and Ray Ruiz -- discuss the factors that impact situational awareness and how it can be improved. They also give an overview of AEU's LOOK program, which ALMA members can implement in their facilities to start reducing workplace incidents today.

Concurrent Jurisdiction in the Longshore Act Explained

July 27, 2020 // The term “concurrent jurisdiction" means that a claimant can take benefits from either the Longshore Act or their state workers' compensation act, a combination of both, or one of the two. The Longshore Act is already a pretty complicated workers' compensation law, and concurrent jurisdiction can add to the complexity. In this episode, Dave Widener of The American Equity Underwriters sits down with Brian McElreath, a partner at the law firm of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter and an expert in both longshore and state workers’ compensation systems. Dave and Brian discuss what makes these cases different from those that have exclusive jurisdiction, as well as some guidance for employers and claims adjusters to consider when encountering these cases.

ADCI Audit Initiative: Driving Safety and Compliance in the Commercial Diving Industry

July 21, 2020 // The Association of Diving Contractors International, or ADCI, was founded in 1968 and represents the commercial diving industry with more than 500 members around the world. The establishment of industry-wide safe standards for commercial diving was the foundation upon which ADCI was built. In this webcast, Phil Newsum, Executive Director of the ADCI, reviews the findings of the ADCI’s Audit Initiative which began March 1, 2017 and concluded March 1, 2020. The Audit Initiative was intended to evaluate whether a company is able to fully meet the requirements of the ADCI Consensus Standards, which are cited by OSHA, the Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the authority among of industry best practices.

The Rise of Virtual Mediation

July 8, 2020 // The ultimate goal of any longshore claim is resolution. One option that has a lot of advantages for both employers and claimants is mediation, which allows all parties agree on the final outcome. In the middle of a global pandemic, virtual mediations are on the rise. In this webcast, Dave Widener of The American Equity Underwriters sits down with Brian McElreath, a partner at the law firm of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter and an expert in both longshore and state workers’ compensation systems. Dave and Brian discuss the benefits and pitfalls of virtual mediations, and the possibility of growing in popularity even after the country re-opens for business.  

State of Longshore Litigation During COVID-19

June 19, 2020 // Sometimes, longshore claims reach a point where a judge has to get involved. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a pause to many court proceedings, as judges explore different methods to hear cases and ensure their backlog doesn’t get out of control. In this episode, recorded on May 5, 2020, Dave Widener of The American Equity Underwriters sits down with Brian McElreath, a partner at the law firm of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter and an expert in both longshore and state workers’ compensation systems. Dave and Brian discuss how the litigation of longshore claims has changed during the pandemic, including a shift to virtual hearings and mediations, and a timeline for when legal proceedings may resume in certain states.


Shipbuilders Council of America: An Advocate for Shipyards During COVID-19 and Beyond

June 11, 2020 // The Shipbuilders Council of America is a trade association representing the shipyard industrial base in the United States. The SCA advocates on behalf of its members, focusing on policies and programs that impact the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.  In this webcast, Rob Stuardi of The American Equity Underwriters sits down with Matt Paxton, president of the SCA. Matt explains how the SCA continues to push forward on important industry events despite setbacks from COVID-19, and how the association is working on behalf of the industry to ensure that Congress and the Administration understand the unique needs of the shipyard industry - one that is so vital to both our economy and national security.


Safety Roundtable: Continuing Maritime Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 3, 2020 // Employers in the maritime industry are faced with the tremendous challenge of continuing operations without exposing their workers to COVID-19. It’s more critical than ever that companies that continue to work during the pandemic have the right resources and training in place to keep workers safe.  For this webcast, we called on four members of AEU’s loss control team – John Bloess, Jimmy Burgin, Terry Guidry and Christian Murillo – to offer their insight and observations around virus-related safety issues. 


How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Longshore Claims Handling and Medical Treatment?

May 5, 2020 // During the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the maritime industry are considered essential. And as employees continue to work, claims will inevitably occur. In this webcast, Dave Widener of The American Equity Underwriters sits down with Brian McElreath, a partner at the law firm of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, who is well-versed in both longshore and state workers’ compensation systems. Dave and Brian discuss how the pandemic is impacting longshore claims handling, how medical treatment is changing for injured workers, and the impact that fear has on the treatment process.

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