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April 24, 2020
Steve Powell, EVP, Specialty Operations, Property Americas and Michael Hoffman, MSc, IAAI-CFI, Sr. Principal Fire Scientist, EFI Global, a Sedgwick company
Fire dangers and fraud – an unexpected impact of COVID-19

Compared to a few months ago, more people are staying at home. More people are cooking at home. More people are unemployed. More people are in economic stress. Because of these circumstances, people are faced with new challenges – and more kitchens a…

April 24, 2020 by Steve Powell, EVP, Specialty Operations, Property Americas and Michael Hoffman, MSc, IAAI-CFI, Sr. Principal Fire Scientist, EFI Global, a Sedgwick company
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December 06, 2019
Rodney Milford
Partner, Forensic advisory services, Sedgwick Australia
Early bushfire season strikes Australia – what this means for businesses

In November, Australia experienced one of its worst series of bushfire events – with bushfires occurring concurrently across multiple states. At present in December, many of these fires are still burning and spreading to other regions. Of concern is …

December 06, 2019 by Rodney Milford, Partner, Forensic advisory services, Sedgwick Australia
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July 26, 2019
Carlos Mantecas
MSc Forestry, Sedgwick Spain
European heat wave compounds wildfire danger

Less than one month after an historic heat wave gripped more than half of Europe, another far-reaching heat wave is leaving a lasting effect on many of the same locations this week, with at least 12 countries reaching record-setting temperatures. The…

July 26, 2019 by Carlos Mantecas, MSc Forestry, Sedgwick Spain
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April 19, 2019
Michel Honoré
Director, Fine Art, Sedgwick France
Evacuation plan saved most of Notre-Dame's treasures: insurance adjuster

(Reuters) - Some 90% of the priceless relics and art works housed within the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral were saved from Monday’s devastating fire as contingency plans to evacuate the treasures worked, a leading insurance adjuster said on Wednesday…

April 19, 2019 by Michel Honoré, Director, Fine Art, Sedgwick France
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May 15, 2018
David Repinski
Global Development Officer, Sedgwick
Volcanos, earthquakes, fires and floods – how are we preparing for CATs in 2018?

The 2018 CAT season has started with a vengeance. Already, we are seeing damage from flooding, earthquakes and a volcano in Hawaii. On top of that, hurricane season will soon be underway, the potential increases for droughts and related fires, and we…

May 15, 2018 by David Repinski, Global Development Officer, Sedgwick
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December 14, 2017
Ron Langstaff, M.S., P.E
Forensic Engineer, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
Keep your holiday tree safe and bright

Beautiful, twinkling lights and the pine scent of a real holiday tree can be part of a cherished tradition that makes the season bright and festive for many. However, all too easily, the tree that may be decorating your living room can turn into a …

December 14, 2017 by Ron Langstaff, M.S., P.E, Forensic Engineer, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
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July 03, 2017
Kevin Reilly, Senior Investigator
For a safe and happy 4th of July…

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature…

July 03, 2017 by Kevin Reilly, Senior Investigator
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June 16, 2017
Seth Behrens, Forensic Engineer and Nic Cheek, Forensic Consultant
3D Laser Scanning in Forensic Science and Claims Industries

3D laser scanning: Essential technology in forensic science and claims When it comes to the claims industry, documentation is essential. In order to come to a conclusion regarding the cause of a fire, traffic accident or product failure, it is cruci…

June 16, 2017 by Seth Behrens, Forensic Engineer and Nic Cheek, Forensic Consultant
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August 04, 2016
Michael Reynolds, Director of Total Performance, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
Lightning may strike once

July and August are the most dangerous months for lightning strikes in the United States. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), lightning strikes caused $739 million in homeowner insurance losses in 2014, up 9.7 percent from 20…

August 04, 2016 by Michael Reynolds, Director of Total Performance, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
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June 29, 2016
Michael Reynolds, Director of Total Performance, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
This 4th of July, stay safe!

Who doesn’t love July 4th, Independence Day, a celebration of our nation’s independence and traditionally a day filled with food, family and good fun? Unfortunately, July 4th is also a holiday that can bring danger and great potential for property …

June 29, 2016 by Michael Reynolds, Director of Total Performance, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
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May 28, 2015
Michael Hoffman, District Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
Hidden danger: Preventing commercial truck fires

Although fires only represent a small fraction of trucking accidents, they can be deadly and costly. In the fire investigation industry, the cause of a truck fire often relates to preventative maintenance or lack thereof. In fact, the most common ca…

May 28, 2015 by Michael Hoffman, District Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
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December 18, 2014
Michael Reynolds, National Corporate Audit Services Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
If lightning strikes…are you at risk for a CSST fire?

A hole is melted in the thin wall of CSST after a lightning-caused fire Since the 1990s, a product called corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) has been used in some home and light commercial construction. CSST is used to deliver fuel gases to ga…

December 18, 2014 by Michael Reynolds, National Corporate Audit Services Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
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