Posted July 26, 2016 by Administrator
Operating in the agribusiness industry often requires you to store hazardous material on your property. Whether it’s petroleum, fertilizer or chemicals in large tanks, you run significant risks should a leak ever occur. Adhering to well-organized maintenance practices can dramatically reduce the incidence and extent of leakage, saving your business time and money while preserving your reputation.
Inspecting the Seams – Tanks often develop leaks along the seams. They may be small and difficult to see at first but then the seam will rupture and the resulting leak can cause severe damage to soil and ground water. Routine inspection of tank seams will help you see when it is time to reinforce or replace a tank.
Inspect the Valves – Another common area where leaks occur is at the valves. Valves are turned frequently, the wear and tear of the consistent use can cause threads to strip, and leaks may occur. Frequent inspection and lubrication of the valves will extend their usefulness and prevent the possibility of leaks. Lubricating the valves can help prevent them from seizing, another common cause of leaks. If a valve freezes and an employee has to break it free, then the damage to the valve may cause it to leak or burst.
Inspect the Pipe Lines – Pipelines and hoses are another possible trouble spot for leaks. They can become brittle in severe cold or they may become damaged when they are run over or struck. Sometimes lines and hoses develop pinhole leaks, which will leech into the soil for a long period before the damage is noticed. Frequent inspection of all pipelines and hoses will allow you to change out the damaged lines and reduce the chance of a leak developing.
When a tank ruptures, it can cause financial and environmental damage. However, not all leaks occur because of a rupture in the tank. Inspecting the seams, valves, lines and hoses will help you prevent some leaks before they occur and reduce the risk of contaminating the soil or local water supply. To learn more about agribusiness risk management, contact us.
Posted July 28, 2015 by Administrator
Insurance agencies often offer credits for lower insurance premiums based on specific factors, such as driving records, worker’s compensation history and recorded training programs. Here are the top tips for saving money on insurance costs for agribusiness insurance costs:
- Increase your deductible
When you raise your deductible to the highest amount you are comfortable handling, it lowers your monthly premium.
Depending on the type of buildings you have, you may be able to reduce your premium by electing to go with an actual cash settlement as opposed to a replacement cost settlement. You may also be allowed to exclude coverage on buildings that you would not elect to rebuild in event of a major loss.
You can apply these principles to motor vehicles as well. You may elect to not have physical damage coverage on some or all of your vehicles in order to save money on monthly premiums.
- Put safety first
Setting up a well-documented safety program is a great way to ensure insurance savings. Create a culture of safety by being organized, keeping your facility neat and orderly, and making sure all required regulations (such as fire extinguishers) are installed and maintained. Make sure all employees are wearing goggles and gloves when working with anhydrous. Ensure all employees know and follow all safety policies and procedures.
One strategy for ensuring a culture of safety is to appoint someone to be the “safety coordinator.” This helps to keep everyone accountable and ensures quality control checks are kept up-to-date.
Another strategy is to investigate all accidents to find out what caused the accident and what could be done to prevent future incidences. Building a safety culture can result in lowered insurance premiums.
- Be Diligent about Prevention Measures
Insuring a feed and grain facility is not like insuring an office building. Unlike barns or other agriculture buildings, an office building has a much lower risk of dangers such as fire or explosions. There are a lot of hazards in an agricultural setting than many other types of work environments. Regularly conducting facility maintenance, maintaining regular sanitation routines and keeping things organized and put away where they belong can go a long way toward reducing the risk of fire or other disasters.
Installing preventative measures such as heat warning devices, spark detectors and flame suppressants will help to reduce the fire risk. Bundling wires together, keeping floors and working areas tidy, replacing bad belts and bearings are examples of ways regular maintenance and upkeep can lead to lower insurance premiums by reducing accidents that my cause harm to your employees and the facility.
Posted June 2, 2015 by Administrator
Risk management for the energy and natural resources (ERN) industry has come of age; early adopters of risk management efforts need to reconsider their strategies and expectations, according to a study released by KPMG Global Energy Institute (2014.) The study, No Paper Chase: Transforming Risk Management at Energy and Natural Resources Companies, can be found at KPMG International.
The research for the study was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. A total of 1,092 C-level executives responded to the questionnaire.
The study, released in 2014, found that overall, the energy sector has done well thanks to strong prices and expanding production. However, the risk factors for energy and natural resource companies has become more complex as companies are going into more remote regions of the world to search for natural resources. Often, the environment is under threat in these remote areas.
Technology is creating new opportunities for ERN companies, especially for the development of oil and gas fields in fields that were previously impenetrable.
Labor tensions are common in the industry and the public is often hostile to ERN companies, posing additional risks.
All of these findings demonstrate that today’s complex business environment requires a strong ability to master risk management. Large oil and gas companies in particular were early adopters of risk management programs, but progress in this area has not progressed as fast as the business environment. Companies need to re-evaluate their risk management strategies and reconsider their expectations in order to take risk management to the next level.
The knowledgeable staff at Cline Wood understands the unique risks of the energy sector. We are here to help create a plan that best protects your business. Contact us today at 888-451-3900.