Frequency and severity of construction claims associated with severe storm events are increasing each year

This year’s 39th annual IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) in Seattle, Washington features the session “Before the Storm: Mitigating the Impact of a Severe Weather Event” by Frank Wampol, CHST, Corporate Vice President, Safety and Health at BL Harbert International and by Michael D. Widdekind, Technical Director – Property at Zurich North America. “The frequency and severity of construction claims associated with severe storm events are increasing each year. This session will focus on mitigation and preparedness measures to help reduce loss and keep projects on track. Hear lessons learned and elements of prompt response and recovery measures that can help you before and after a storm hits.”

About Frank Wampol, CHST, Corporate Vice President, Safety and Health at BL Harbert International

Mr. Wampol serves as corporate vice president, safety and health, for BL Harbert International, a Birmingham, Alabama-based general contractor with a worldwide scope of work. In addition to serving on numerous national and international safety committees, he has been a member of Zurich’s North American Construction Roundtable since 2008. A 27-year retired fire service captain/paramedic and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) specialist, Mr. Wampol is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Emergency Medical Services program. He holds an advanced certificate in construction safety and health from Georgia Tech and a bachelor of science in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University and is board-certified as a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST).

About Michael D. Widdekind, Technical Director – Property at Zurich North America

Mr. Widdekind has more than 25 years of experience in the loss control profession. One of Zurich’s top specialists for hospitals and healthcare facilities, he also has a strong background in protecting the occupancies from internal flood and natural disasters. He has been involved on extreme weather event projects at National Academies of Sciences—Institutes of Medicine and the American Meteorological Society. In addition to his work at Zurich, he currently is a member of the Community Resilience Panel for Building and Infrastructure Systems at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Widdekind was a loss prevention consultant with Industrial Risk Insurers, where he was responsible for helping clients complete risk assessments, loss investigations, risk mitigation, and financial/impact analysis for various industries in the mid-Atlantic region. He specialized in the power generation and healthcare industries.

Mr. Widdekind has also developed insurance diagrams, conducted plan review of fire protection systems, and conducted fire protection surveys and analyses on paint, coating, and lacquer manufacturing throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Widdenind earned his associate of applied science in fire protection engineering technology from Delaware Technical and Community College and his bachelor of science in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), and a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE).

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About the IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC)

The IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) is the only event that brings together leading project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers, insurance agents and brokers, and coverage attorneys who are focused on the unique nuances of construction insurance and risk management. Keep ahead of emerging trends, discover best practices for contractor insurance programs, and build your professional network at this can’t miss event for anyone who designs, sells, buys, or underwrites construction insurance programs.

(Source: IRMI Construction Risk Conference)

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