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Our latest course has been certified for CE credits.

Our latest course has been certified for CE credits by the Alberta Accreditation Committee.

This course is focused on the effect of Heavy Vehicles in Accidents. What effect does the size of a vehicle have on a accident investigation? More than just changing the physics, the entire regulatory landscape changes drastically. This course is a quick overview of what to look for in terms of code infractions, cargo issues and infrastructure damages that may all be factors an adjuster has to consider when taking on such a case.

We will be contacting local offices during the next few weeks to set up presentations of our course in office, to get your adjusters their CE credits. If you would like us to come to your office to present this course, send us a note.

Heavy Vehicles In Accidents

Come Join Us!

We are getting excited for our Edmonton Meet and Greet next Wednesday! Please come out to meet us at the Downtown Sorrentino’s, 10162 100 St, from 3-7 pm on the 20th of September! We would love to meet you!

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You can RSVP on our Events page, or just show up, we’re happy to have you there!

It’s going to be a fun time, don’t miss it!

Biosensor on a Warship

wildsurf (1)A local company sold a sensor that detects biological weapons attacks. It was to be mounted on a Nato warship.

The sensor was not designed to take acceleration forces. Warships are subject to many different kinds of vibrations; waves and water dynamics, irregular weather shocks, the potential for weapons attacks such as a missile hitting the ship. That means low shock, low frequency events as well as high shock high frequency events, all in 3 dimensions. Not a simple task!

We designed a cage to hold the device. We simulated it through all the expected frequencies and shocks, and made sure that the sensor could survive the trails ahead of it. We provided this design to the sensor company, who were able to successfully install their sensor in the Nato warship.

Heavy Trucking Incidents – Are they Federally or Provincially Mandated?

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Heavy trucking is highly regulated. Whether a truck is under federal or provincial jurisdiction can have a great deal of impact upon the regulations which it is required to follow. In the case of an incident, which jurisdiction the company is under can have significant ramifications for the trucking company or for the insurance company covering the accident.

So is a truck federally or provincially mandated?

All trucks fall under both federal and provincial guidelines to some degree.

Transportation jurisdiction that applies to all trucks:

  • Federal – Transport Canada: Vehicle design parameters (engineering design of vehicles, transportation of dangerous goods, National Safety Mark, standards and regulations)
  • Provincial – Alberta Transportation (Alberta): Transport criteria (seasonal axle weight limit, pilot car requirements)

Beyond the design and transport criteria, the laws governing vehicles are determined by their weight or the number of passengers, and by the area within which they function. If any one truck in the fleet falls into any one of these categories, all the trucks in the fleet are bound by the National Safety Code:

  • Weight of 4,500 kg or more if they travel interprovincially
  • Weight of 11,794 kg or more if they only operate within Alberta, or
  • Commercial vehicles with the capacity for 11 or more people including driver.

The answer to this question is not always clear cut, and can have significant ramifications on the results of an investigation.

For an example of how this has real world effects on you as a business owner or adjuster, check out this news story where the entire case came down to a disagreement on jurisdiction

 

Insurance Professionals of Calgary Golf Tournament 2017

We were pleased to send our own Anthea Sargeaunt to the Insurance Professionals of Calgary Golf tournament at Glen Eagles Golf Course in Cochrane yesterday, an event to raise funds for the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade! It was a resounding success, with high attendance and great results. Her team scored three under par, a score they thought was pretty good until they saw the leader board. A big thanks to the Insurance Professionals of Calgary for putting on this great even and supporting such a good cause! We’ll post some of the great photos the Institute took once they have them up.