Loss Control

DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers (D&D) is unique in that it has its own internal Loss Control Department. The primary focus of the Loss Control Department is to work alongside clients to develop effective workplace safety strategies that help control losses and prevent injuries. D&D believes that safety and risk management services help reduce client exposure and, ultimately, lower insurance costs.

DiBuduo & DeFendis is pleased to offer their clients the following loss control services:

Hazard Evaluation – Identify and evaluate hazards related to Injury Prevention, Hazardous Materials, Fire Safety, Fleet, Liability and OSHA Compliance

  • Loss Prevention and Reduction – Suggestions to eliminate or reduce identified hazards
  • Safety Programs Review – Evaluate and develop an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, along with other mandated Cal/OSHA programs
  • Loss Trend Analysis – Evaluation of client trends and recommendations to address losses
  • Management Training & Development – Pinpoint training needs and help develop effective training program exposures
  • Hazard Identification – Conduct safety inspections at facilities and provide value-added loss control consultation
  • Services can be provided in English and Spanish

Tony Canizales, Vice President of Loss Control

Tony Canizales, Vice President of Loss Control, began his career in 1996 as a Safety Technician for a Hispanic-owned Fortune 500 Company in Central California. Since then, he has worked for large, multi-line insurance carriers that specialize in construction, agriculture, hospitality, health care, manufacturing, retail, education, non-profit, and logistics. During his 18-year career, Tony has assisted in the development of proven injury prevention methods, programs, and exposure reduction through proper hazard identification. As a Bilingual (Spanish) Safety Professional, Tony has taught injury prevention courses for safety organizations throughout the United States.

Tony Canizales was a featured speaker on back injuries at the ASSE Conference in Dallas and interviewed by Business Insurance Magazine.READ MORE

David Zarate, Senior Bilingual Loss Control Consultant

David Zarate is the Senior Bilingual (Spanish) Loss Control Consultant at D&D. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from CSU Fresno in Industrial Technology. David has over 35 years of experience in Loss Control, initially working for a multi-national insurance carrier and a large, California-based, mono-line workers’ compensation insurance carrier before coming to D&D in 1999. David specializes in construction, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, and agricultural safety, with years of experience working with many of the larger farming entities in the Central Valley and coastal areas. David also has an extensive background in property loss control and has received a designation from Royal Insurance as a Property Qualified Consultant.

Hortensia Mercado-Juarez, Licensing Coordinator

With over 15 years of Management and Medical Benefits experience, Hortensia brings a unique insight to our clientele with a bilingual workforce. Hortensia is a certified Public Notary who specializes in Farm Labor Licensing. Hortensia provides assistance to our clients concerning matters with the Department of Pesticide of Regulation.

Ben Cooper, STS-C, LCS, Loss Control Consultant

With over 10 years in Safety & Regulatory Compliance, Ben offers a valuable perspective to our construction clientele. Ben has earned his Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) designation and OSHA trainer certification for both Federal and California construction standards.

D&D’s Risk Management Center (RMC) provides a library of 2,000 safety and human resource-related policies, procedures, training programs and safety meetings. In addition to the library of available documents, RMC also provides SDS Tracking which assists in the creation of the Safety Data Sheet, Incident track which assists clients in monitoring loss trends and provides the ability to create OSHA 300/300A logs.

Important Reporting Notice for Employers for 2016

Employers with 11 or more employees in the previous year — except those in certain low-hazard establishments in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors (list of exempted establishments, can be found at www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/etools/recordkeeping/index.html) — are required to maintain records of work-related injuries and illnesses and post the summary of their records for calendar year 2015.

OSHA currently requires employers to fill out the OSHA 300 log per location and the OSHA 300A (samples found here www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/reckeepoverview.pdf ). The Form 300A must be displayed in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees are customarily posted. Companies with no injuries and illnesses in 2015 should post the Form 300A with zeros on the total line.