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Metal Fabricator Saves $40,000

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – A metal fabricator with 26 employees that manufactures metal sign-holders for various retailers. SITUATION – With no history of carpel tunnel issues, the insured experienced a rash of carpel tunnel injuries unexpectedly, with two in excess of $80,000. This drove the company’s Experience Mod up to 1.72 and resulted in the policy being canceled by their Workers’ Comp carrier. ASSESSMENT – The first claim was a legitimate case and the employee required medical attention and physical rehabilitation. The following claims occurred so rapidly that they were deemed questionable. There was also no clear language in place in the…

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CWCAs Unbundled Costs and Save Contractor $25,000

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – A midsize masonry contractor. SITUATION – The masonry contractor was using a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) and was concerned what it was paying for Workers’ Comp was higher than that of its competitors. It was difficult for them to determine their rate because the payroll taxes, Workers’ Comp and additional fees were combined. ASSESSMENT – CWCAs analyzed the PEO invoice and broke out the payroll taxes, fees and Workers’ Comp costs. It turned out that Workers’ Comp came to $59,000 a year. Payroll data and loss information was requested and the Experience Mod was calculated at .95. SOLUTION…

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Landscape Contractor Sprouts a $104,000 Refund

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – This major landscape contractor servicing commercial properties employs 120 people and does $1.9 million in annual revenues. SITUATION – A year after purchasing the company, the insured was concerned why, as a relatively new business, its Experience Mod was extremely high at 1.39, with annual premiums in excess of $400,000. ASSESSMENT – Certified WorkComp Advisors conducted a complete needs analysis on the company, running the gamut from human resources to claims filing. The insured was unaware of how the system worked in regards to ownership changes and it was discovered that the insured had actually inherited the previous…

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HVAC Company Quantifies Mod, Saves Business

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – The insured is an HVAC service company with approximately 23 employees and estimated sales of $4 million. SITUATION – The company was in serious danger of losing one of its biggest accounts, a leading national paper manufacturer. The paper manufacturer was highly interested in promoting on-site job safety and had an established policy that it would not do business with any vendor whose Experience Mod was greater than 1.0. The insured was unable to meet that guideline. ASSESSMENT – The CWCA determined that the way to handle the situation was to break apart the company’s Service Department, to…

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Experience Mod Audit Lowers Mod 17 Points & Returns $33,150 to Grading Contractor

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – This grading contractor employs 42 people with annual revenues of approximately $3 million. SITUATION – The company had been with the same broker for 21 years. The broker had never audited or verified the insured’s Experience Modification Factor and routinely accepted the Mod Worksheet provided by NCCI as accurate and correct. The company’s Mod was 1.40. ASSESSMENT – Recognizing that mistakes are common in Experience Mods, Certified WorkComp Advisors performed an audit of the current Mod and found a number of unnecessary errors that were adversely affecting the Mod. Several high-severity claims were still listed on the Experience…

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Claims Investigation Brings Client’s Mod to an All-Time Low

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – The insured is a contract hauler that services major building supply companies and contractor equipment dealers in 11 states. Annual gross revenues are in excess of $6,000,000. SITUATION – The company’s Workers’ Compensation premium was $140,000 and the Experience Mod was .96, predominantly a result of claims in two states. ASSESSMENT – CWCAs reviewed the company’s operations for state and federal filings and to make sure the coverage was proper. Then they reviewed the Experience Mod worksheet. Careful analysis revealed a number of claims still open, dating back six years with no activity. SOLUTION – With help from…

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Premium Increase Not Set in Stone as MOD Adjustment Returns $150,000 to Concrete Manufacturer

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – This free-cast prestressed concrete manufacturer and contractor has annual revenues of nearly $15 million and employs 60 people. SITUATION – The company, which traditionally had an Experience Modification Factor in the .89 to .90 range, saw a rise to 1.2. This resulted in the company going from a credit experience modification factor (under 1.0) to a debit or penalty experience modification rate (over 1.0). To further illustrate how the increased rate impacted standard annual premium: Previous: $40,000 annual premium times the experience modification factor of .90 = $36,000 New: $40,000 annual premium times the experience modification factor of…

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Error in Classification Ruling Nearly Costs Auto Repair Company Thousands in Higher Premiums

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – Located in Wisconsin, this auto repair business also does retail parts sales and auto dismantling. The company employs seven people. SITUATION – The Rating Board showed up unannounced to undertake a classification audit. The audit resulted in a re-classification of the business, moving the company into a higher risk bracket and potentially increasing its annual premiums. ASSESSMENT – CWCAs reviewed the new findings by the Rating Board and discovered that the company was reclassified from auto repair to auto dismantling, based on the Rating Board’s determination that the greatest revenue was derived from that line of service. Through…

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Implementation of Comprehensive Workers’ Comp Program Saves Auto Dealer $2 million in First Year

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

INSURED – This chain of full-service automobile dealerships employs more than 500 people divided into three work classes – dealer, auto salespeople and clerical. The company does more than $250 million in business. SITUATION – The frequency and severity of claims being incurred by the employer were staggering. It had experienced more than 100 claims for each of the previous three years. The costs of those claims averaged more than $700,000 per year and the most recent year they topped $900,000. These numbers had already driven up the employer’s Experience Mod to 1.3 – more than twice the minimum level…

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Top 4 Holiday Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

By Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

  The Holidays are a time of happiness that is to be shared with family and friends. For many, traditions include candle lit windows, colorful Holiday lights hung around the house and tree, and a warm fire place burning into the night. Although it is important to embrace and enjoy the Holiday spirit, we must also invest some time to ensure proper risk management precautions are taken. Dedicating a few minutes to review possible fire hazards will allow for a safe and sound Holiday season. Click on the link below to read an article written by Chubb Insurance on the…

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