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telematics
April 13, 2021

New smartphone driver safety apps for businesses

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The role of smartphones, gamification and rewards in a business driver safety programme   Due to the challenge of monitoring behaviour and engaging employees, driver safety has remained a blindspot for many companies – until now. Innovative smartphone-based solutions are giving health and safety leaders access to data-driven insights whilst enabling them to gamify and…

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May 12, 2020

Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus

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Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection. This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on sites of all sizes, in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing. Self-Isolation Anyone who…

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April 22, 2020

Mothballed Construction Sites Part 1: Leaving the Site

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Mothballed construction sites Part 1: Leaving the site This current situation opens up a host of new risks arising from the cessation of work, the biggest being an unoccupied property which presents a range of issues that must be addressed quickly. In this article, Ensurance provide advice on some new risks and offer some simple best-practice advice and guidance…

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PI Insurance
November 10, 2019

Why Professional Indemnity Insurance Is Essential

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What if you provide advice and consultancy and there’s a mistake in the advice you’ve given? What if you provide an expert service and there’s a mistake in designs, plans or calculations? What if you handle people’s information and you face claims that you accidentally disclosed data or infringed on a client’s legal rights? If…

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April 1, 2019

Escalators: Staying a step ahead in health and safety

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There was great excitement among architects in 2011 when Jack Levy, professor of mechanical engineering at City University London, unveiled his plans for the world’s first curved escalator – the ‘Levytator’. Promoted as both safer and more energy efficient compared to standard escalators, some hailed the ‘Levytator’ as a benchmark in the future of escalator…

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December 17, 2018

Carillion. The bad-debt domino effect, and how to avoid it

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Another construction firm has gone bust, but this time it has attracted more attention than usual. Carillion’s suppliers are said to be owed a hefty £2 billion. This will have a knock-on effect for tens of thousands of businesses. The small firms that handled most of Carillion’s work will sadly be those most affected by…

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November 19, 2018

HSE Fees for Intervention – The Disputes Process

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CURRENT CONTEXT – the HSE claims it has always had a “proportionate dispute process” since it introduced Fee for Intervention (FFI) in 2012, intended to lay the cost burden of HSE intervention on businesses that break health and safety laws, not on taxpayers. In September 2016, permission was granted for a judicial review of the…

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November 2, 2018

The rise and rise of modular

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The use of modular building is nothing new but it seems to be gathering momentum. Two major companies made announcements recently. Redrow is trialling the use of modular garages at two of its regional divisions. The house builder is also installing service pods to homes at its Paddock Wood development at West Drayton near Heathrow…

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September 17, 2018

Architectural Security – Designing out crime

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If you have been considering a new home build or significant renovation of your property then it is likely that you will begin to seek the expert direction of architects, planners, builders and your insurance broker. In fact, many homeowners are reluctant to consider installing these security systems due to their unsightly nature. However, it…

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September 12, 2018

With over 100 years combined experience, Ascend’s team are the specialists you need!

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Policy Wording – Boring? Yes. But important. Of all insurances, those for Contractors are generally the most complex and most in need of specialist knowledge in their arrangement. I am willing to bet: Your Contractors policy wording (Liability and Contractors All Risks) isn’t the best. Why? Because you have your insurer’s standard policy wording and…

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