Environmental pollution produces harmful health effects. Human activity causes negative climate change. Extreme weather events lead to unforeseen damage to the environment.
Negative news stories related to environmental risks abound, but Crawford Global Technical Services® (GTS) Environmental Risk Services specialists are there when you need them most and when you must act quickly.
Liability resulting from environmental damage can create significant risk because of its complexity, scope and severity. Risk and insurance companies need the security and confidence that every aspect of their claims will be handled by a highly skilled team of professionals who comprehend these issues, including how to navigate through the complex legislation that governs environmental liability around the globe.
Beneath the Crawford Global Technical Services umbrella is our Environmental Risk Services (ERS) group, comprised of scientists and other specialists who understand this type of risk and the unique challenges it presents. ERS ensures virtually all types of environmental claims can be supported. Through our relationships with leading global law firms, we can provide complete legal liability capabilities including full investigation, common law and statutory obligations, and expert legal opinions.
Crawford ERS specialists have the breadth and depth of knowledge and skill to respond quickly to a myriad of environmental pollution incidents. Our experienced teams readily assess and introduce immediate measures to circumvent, control or manage any claim—from a small, domestic claim to complex, international events, including:
- Hazard and exposure assessment
- On- and off-shore spills
- Vapor intrusion events
- Fire and explosion
- Ruptured pipelines
- Asbestos pollution
- Radioactive leaks and toxic waste
- Automotive fuel contamination
- Agricultural contamination
- Effluent impact on land and water
- Industrial chemical pollution
- Contaminant plume migration
The Time to Act is Now
Preventing the migration of contamination and subsequent cleanup or remediation should not be confused with preventing the release of the contaminant in the first place (prevention). One step ahead of prevention is that of primary prevention, wherein the use of toxic chemicals in the production process is managed or banned, and thereby mitigating environmental damage from potentially harmful contaminants in the event of a release, such as a spill or vapor release.
Increasingly, savvy risk managers approach their operations in this way: environmental risk identification and assessment, management, then transfer and mitigation. The most effective line of defense is adopting the strategy that protects environmental exposure through the purchase of insurance, then to mitigate risks by compliance with location imposed requirements (exposure-driven).
The Benefits of Crawford GTS
Crawford GTS provides the global risk and insurance community a team of experts with the experience and industry focus to evaluate and assess damages under extreme conditions. Crawford GTS has the commitment, skills, resources, technology and the experience required to meet the specific needs of each client.
Crawford GTS Key Service Features are:
- Worldwide service. A global network of experts, including surveyors, environmental scientists, engineers, consultants, and specialist case handlers
- Compliance. Strict adherence to relevant governing legislation (ELD, CERCLA/Superfund, etc.)
- Cost-effective. Reduced indemnity spend, financial assurance for insurers
- Confidence. Transparent claims procedures and reporting standards
- Reliability. Experienced, qualified professionals, infrastructure and leadership to strategically project manage losses anywhere on the globe
For more information about GTS expertise in the environmental risk industry, contact a specialist adjuster in your region. You can also reach Mike Reeves, executive vice president and head of GTS, at +44 (0) 207-265-4096.
For more information on environmental risk and its legislative landscape, visit Environmental Risk: Defined.