Environmental Services

An effective loss control program helps policyholders reduce claims and assists insurance companies to mitigate losses through safety and risk management information and services. VERTEX is instrumental in identifying conditions or situations associated with our clients’ projects, structures, and business operations that present a possibility of loss, whether or not an actual loss occurs.

Carrier Representation

Preparation is our forte.  From simple broker / insured meet and greets; to detailed risk presentations; to litigation – expert witness support services, VERTEX will seek out client feedback to provide commensurate levels of effort / presentation.

Loss Control Surveying

Depending on the perspective of the client, VERTEX will often prepare surveys that may include the following: a brief history of the company; hazard exposure analyses (i.e., material handling, ladders, mold-water intrusion, etc.); company-location specific exposure statistics; mitigation program evaluation.

Policy Review

By staying abreast of changing state / federal policies and statutes (as well as within Canada / Mexico), we are able to anticipate emerging risks and advise clients accordingly.  An example would be our ongoing nationwide gasoline station / fuel storage regulation and compliance database that we maintain and provide to clients as a guidance tool.

Risk Management

We understand risk management and financing, and continue to keep pace with this emerging and dynamic field through education and strategic hires. We can work in conjunction with clients seeking solutions in the traditional insurance realm, as well as entertain ramifications of non-insurance risk transfer and retention.

Technical Interpretation

Our greatest skills in this arena are often described as: the ability to extract relevant risk exposures, from a myriad of information sources, in an expedited manner, for reasonable cost.

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Key Personnel

Dave Strzempko

Dave Strzempko, ARM, CPCU

Vice President, Loss Control

Dave Strzempko is a Vice President and Head of Loss Control. Responsibilities include: internal corporate risk management; management of teams providing private sector Loss Control assistance (underwriting) and Loss Control / Risk Management services on active construction OCIP and CCIP risks; and management of environmental insurance accounts (claims). Mr. Strzempko has 30+ years of experience in the environmental industry with the last 15 years focused on the insurance industry and attendant Loss Control services.  Mr. Strzempko has served as an expert witness providing litigation support and/or actively participating in several environmental insurance legal matters based on his education, training, and extensive experience in the remediation of releases of oil and hazardous materials, understanding of costs for remedial activities, and knowledge of compliance and reporting requirements. Mr. Strzempko’s legal support proceedings have included depositions, interrogatories, mediation, arbitration, and trial testimony. 

News

VERTEX's Bill McConnell to Speak at ASC 2019 International Conference

April 11, 2019

On Friday, April 12th, VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, will be presenting at the ASC 2019 International Conference along with Carloine Clevenger, Assistant Director of Construction Engineering and Management at University of Colorado Denver. Learn more about VERTEX’s educational partnership with University of Colorado Denver. 2019 Theme: The Business of the Built Environment Join industry professionals who will…

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Expert Water Management + Comprehensive Insurance = Integrated Risk Management

April 9, 2019

Legionnaires’ Disease and Insurance  As the number of reported Legionella infections has increased, so has the number of lawsuits and claims. In reaction to the growing number of claims made asserting liability for illnesses related to exposure to Other Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens (OPPPs) and the higher standard of care that must be met to…

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VERTEX University Partners with Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D.

April 4, 2019

VERTEX University has partnered with Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D., the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project, and President of Negotiation Works, Inc., to develop a series of courses (Conflict Analysis, Conflict Dynamics and Conflict Resolution) for the VERTEX team. Many of VERTEX’s projects involve…

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VERTEX is Contracted to Refresh a Denver Icon

March 8, 2019

  At the center of the circular soffit – sometimes referred to as “the mothership” by management – is the new elevator feature, the construction of which posed a number of challenges to both the design and construction. The previous elevator base had been wrapped in dark gray granite with a water feature draining into…

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VERTEX Acquires Compass Project Management, Inc.

January 18, 2019

The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compass Project Management, Inc. (Compass). “To VERTEX this acquisition is about joining forces with an amazing company whose mission and core values are aligned with ours.” said Jeff Picard, President of VERTEX. “Together we believe we will create more value to our employees and…

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Blog

PFAS (PFC) Contamination in the Environment

August 3, 2018

What are Polyfluorinated and Perfluorinated Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)? Polyfluorinated and Perfluorinated Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals that were discovered in 1938 and were utilized in the manufacture of a multitude of consumer products including non-stick cookware, protective coatings (consumer stain treatments, waterproof fabrics, etc), food wrappers (pizza boxes, sandwich wrappers, popcorn…

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A Case for Pre-Acquisition Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions

July 24, 2018

After a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment identifies a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC), the next step in the Environmental Due Diligence process may include conducting a Phase II Subsurface Investigation. An environmental subsurface investigation is when VERTEX evaluates the subsurface condition of a site, which can include evaluation of soil, groundwater, and soil gas. For…

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MTBE/TBA/Ethanol in Soil and Groundwater

May 7, 2018

This blog provides details about Lead, BTEX, MBTE, TBA and other gasoline additives and how gasoline plumes are identified in soil and groundwater. Also, get a glimpse of how this knowledge and expertise allows VERTEX to successfully investigate and remediate gasoline station insurance claims. Fuel Oxegenators Oxygenators have been added to gasoline in the United…

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Ladder Safety Training Video

April 11, 2018

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over 500,000 people are treated each year for ladder related falls. Whether you use a ladder out in the field, in your workplace or at home, safety should always be your number one priority.  At VERTEX, safety is part of our culture. We recently hosted…

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Fire - How it Affects Structural Steel Framing

February 21, 2018

As forensic engineers, it is often our responsibility to assess the structural integrity of a building after a natural disaster or an event from unfortunate circumstances. It is also our responsibility to determine the necessary repairs that need to be made to the structural framing of the building in order to return it to a…

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