Back in October 2012, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. Safety Committee meeting changed its title to the AEU Safety and Claims Forum, but this change did not alter its reputation as being the premier maritime safety and claims meeting in the U.S. Our meeting of the AEU Maritime Safety and Claims Forum in Miami, Florida on April 9 – 11, 2013 was impressive and exceeded expectations among all that attended. This meeting is crafted specifically for members of the American Longshore Mutual Association, their brokers and special invitees.
Our first speaker was Jim McCready, an attorney who practices workers’ compensation defense and specializes in USL&H claims. Jim’s presentation centered on Section 20 of the Longshore Act, also known as the “Presumption”. Dr. Jim Baylis, an orthopedic physician specializing in injuries to the extremities explained the differences between an acute injury and chronic conditions. Teri Simpson, an investigator with Titan Investigative services, showed us the common techniques used in surveillance specifically social media.
A.J. Montalbano with AEU led the forum in a discussion about decisions following losses and how making the wrong decisions might cause additional loss. The discussion focused on: the accident scene, the investigation, subrogation, reporting requirements, claims strategy, scheduled and non scheduled injuries, light duty work and good treatment of injured workers.
As usual, breakout sessions for marine cargo handling and shipyard sub-groups were held. Both sessions focused on the continuing development of the AEU fall prevention guidance document that the forum is producing.
ALMA member JB Marine presented successful programs the company has implemented to increase safety performance.
The Forum keynote speaker was a Dupont Sustainable Solutions consultant. The consultant discussed how conscious and unconscious actions lead to losses and how companies can implement programs to increase the likelihood of safe work.
As usual, attendee feed back from this AEU Maritime Safety and Claims Forum indicated this was a very successful meeting. Many persons felt the meeting provided ideas to take back to their company to improve their safety program.