Category Archives: Insurance & Risk Management

The Journey to Rebuild in the Aftermath of a Warehouse Fire

Don Dick, CEO of Dick Cold Storage, discussed the aftermath of a 2016 fire which took place at their Columbus, Ohio facility during a Cool Pioneers session at the 126th IARW-WFLO Convention. The fire destroyed the facility, resulted in the company taking a significant financial hit, and caused a challenging public relations situation, including a multiple-week media focus on the smell of ham coming from the site of the fire. During his presentation, Dick detailed the steps his team took to meet the conflicting needs and requests from multiple agencies, the fire department, and arson team. While the fire was an unfortunate situation, Dick’s team followed best practices for crisis response as developed and adopted by GCCA-IARW members. Continue reading

Best Practices for Understanding and Navigating OSHA’s New Reporting and Investigation Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements came into effect on January 1, 2015 for Federal-Plan states.  The federal rule expanded the list of severe injuries which must be reported to OSHA.  The previous rule required the employer to inform OSHA within 8 hours of a fatality or three or more inpatient hospitalizations.  Under the new rule, a fatality (within 30 days of the work-related incident) must still be reported within 8 hours of the death (or knowledge of the death).  However, employers will now have a 24-hour window in which to report to OSHA all work-related inpatient hospitalizations that require care and treatment of a single employee, all amputations, and all losses of an eye which occur within 24 hours of the incident.  Continue reading

FMCSA Rescinds “No Defect” DVIR Rule For Motor Carriers of Property

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Tuesday that, effective Dec. 18, 2014, professional truck drivers will no longer have to comply with a burdensome daily paperwork requirement associated with completing daily vehicle inspection reports (DVIR) when no defects were found.

Lockton Companies, the official IARW Insurance Service Partner explains this important change. Continue reading

Prepare for Winter and Prevent Roof Collapse Caused By Snow Loads

The winter season is approaching and winter storms have already hit some areas. IARW would like to remind you of several important steps to take in order to prevent roof collapse caused by snow accumulation. Each year, IARW provides members with information on preventing roof collapse. IARW has put together a brief document that provides information on how to determine roof capacity for live loads; steps to prevent roof collapse; precautionary measures to take for low roof/high roof junctures; and roof snow removal procedures.

You can download the brief guide here or visit Please be sure to take any and all precautionary measures to avoid potential loss exposure. We encourage you to also share this message and document with your colleagues and/or staff.

Maximize your Membership: Insurance Advice and Tools

Since 1996, GCCA has partnered with The Lockton Companies to offer a complete and comprehensive line of insurance products for members. IARW Warehouse members receive exclusive eligibility for warehouseman’s legal liability, property and casualty insurance from The Lockton Companies. These policies are specifically designed by and for PRWs offering a superior program at a competitive price. Lockton is the authority on warehousing/distribution insurance and risk management issues for temperature-controlled warehouses. IARW Warehouse members are highly encouraged to take advantage of this partnership. More

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