The Exxon Texas Case: Lessons Learned in Comprehensive Risk Management
September 5, 2023
The Exxon Texas case shows how a lack of precise insurance and risk transfer requirements led to costly consequences. The supposed insurance requirements were vague and imprecise, making it difficult to enforce them effectively. This failure to ensure precise requirements ultimately resulted in a major loss, with two deaths caused by one of Exxon’s contractors, for which coverage was denied by the third-party contractor’s insurance carrier.
What Happened at Exxon Texas?
Despite believing they had transferred the risk and verified the coverage, Exxon faced a nine-year legal battle and incurred millions in expenses. The root cause was the imprecise language and requirements, and failure to unambiguously transfer and activate the necessary risk coverage. If Exxon had implemented clear and concise risk transfer requirements, they could have saved both time and money in this $24 million case.
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It’s essential for all businesses, regardless of size or industry reputation, to heed this valuable lesson from the Exxon case. The importance of using precise, triggering language in insurance requirements cannot be overstated. Clear and specific language ensures proper activation of coverage, especially in third-party scenarios. Our system excels in identifying and addressing potential problems in these crucial areas.
This case serves as a clear example of why you should practice risk transfer. By doing so, you can avoid the costly legal battles and (millions of dollars spent by Exxon) in pursuing their contractor’s excess insurance carrier to pay the claim.
Exxon failed to ensure a clear and explicit insurance contract that would have triggered the third-party insurance coverage, saving them from litigation, expenses, and complications.
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