Safety First: Major Recall of Kidde Portable Fire Extinguishers

Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of roughly 40.5 million Kidde portable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. (37.8 million units) and Canada (2.7 million units).  The recall involves 134 different models manufactured between Jan 1, 1972 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde extinguishers are commonly sold for residential, vehicle and sometimes commercial use.

Background

This recall involves two styles of Kidde extinguishers – plastic handle and push-button Pindicator portable fire extinguishers.  The CPSC notes that these fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.  In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

There have been nearly 400 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including a 2014 fatality involving a car fire following a crash where emergency responders were unable to get a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher to work.  Extinguisher failure has also resulted in approximately 16 injuries including smoke inhalation, minor burns and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

Replace your Extinguisher

Consumers can immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and to obtain instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work property in a fire emergency.

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OneBeacon’s Jennifer Weinstein Speaking at PLUS Conference

This year’s PLUS International Conference is taking place in Atlanta, GA from November 1-3, and team members from several OneBeacon businesses are looking forward to the networking opportunities and educational sessions taking place during the conference.

Jennifer Weinstein, Assistant Vice President Management Liability Claims, will participate in one of these sessions titled, “WARNING – The Internet May Be Hazardous to Employees!” This panel discussion will focus on how employers must be prepared to prevent and/or address a wide range of workplace issues arising out of the internet and social media – whether there are potential safety issues that happen in the workplace or concerns about privacy and employers using social media to find out more about employees or potential employees. The panel will address policies and procedures employers can institute to mitigate some of those exposures.

Stop by to hear the discussion on November 2!

 

You’re Invited Minnesota: OneBeacon Product Fair on October 11

Minnesota partners! We are hosting a Product Fair on October 11 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and we’d love to see you. Join us for appetizers, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services at The Minikahda Club located at 3205 Excelsior Boulevard in Minneapolis.

Meet OneBeacon underwriting teams from:

  • International Marine Underwriters
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Management Liability
  • Specialty Property
  • Technology

We look forward to seeing you there. Register today!

Printing for Life

When 3D printing technology emerged, there was immediate excitement within the life science community, which quickly imagined the many possibilities. Fast forward to 2017 and 3D printing has expanded to “bioprinting,” or the practice of manufacturing tissue and organs with materials that incorporate viable living cells. This almost unbelievable technique has enabled practitioners to test advancements in the area of reconstructive surgery, transplantation and more.

We are pleased to announce our OneBeacon Technology group’s newest whitepaper, which addresses this topic. Titled “3D Bioprinting – Printing for Life” and co-authored by our technology risk control specialists Tushar Nandwana and Steve Morkovsky, this reference piece defines bioprinting, discusses various current technologies and emerging applications, along with the associated risks and exposures.

To access of our full inventory of technology-focused whitepapers, visit our website.

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If you’re in NYC, stop by our Product Fair!

It’s not too late! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by our Product Fair tomorrow beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Join our team of underwriters for appetizers, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services at The Liberty, 29 W 35th Street. You’ll also have a chance to participate in our raffle!

We look forward to seeing you there. Register here!

You’re Invited New York City: OneBeacon Product Fair on June 13

New York City partners! We are hosting a Product Fair on June 13 beginning at 4:00 p.m.  and we’d love to see you. Join us for appetizers, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services at The Liberty, 29 W 35th Street.

Meet OneBeacon underwriting teams from:

  • International Marine Underwriters
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Management Liability
  • Specialty Property
  • Surety
  • Technology

We look forward to seeing you there. Register today!

Atlanta, Georgia You’re Invited: OneBeacon Product Fair, May 9

Atlanta partners! We are hosting a OneBeacon Product Fair on May 9, at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at the Perimeter Mall.

Join us for appetizers, drinks and networking to learn more about our products and services and to meet OneBeacon underwriting teams from:

  • International Marine Underwriters
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Government Risks
  • Healthcare
  • Management Liability
  • Specialty Property
  • Surety
  • Technology

We look forward to seeing you there. Register today!

MedTech Insights: What’s your gut telling you?

We’re pleased to share OneBeacon Technology’s most recent whitepaper titled, “Microbiome: What is your gut telling you?” authored by Risk Control Medical Technology Specialist Elizabeth Marazzo. As you’ll read, Elizabeth explains the study of microbiomes, their impact on our individual well-being and how the life science and healthcare industries are harnessing these insights to improve medical treatments and preventive care.

Please visit our Technology Insurance website to view our complete library of technology-focused whitepapers.

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