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Buying homeowners insurance? Ask these 4 questions first

A construction crew works on new homes in San Francisco on Feb. 20. Your insurance policy is your safety net in case of a disaster, so you’ll want to ask a few important questions before forking over your premium. Learn, for instance, what the dwelling coverage per square foot. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Purchasing insurance may not be as fun as choosing new furniture and paint colors, but it's a big part of homebuying. Your homeowners insurance policy is a financial safety net in case of a disaster, so you'll want to ask a few important questions to make sure you have the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

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Working together to prevent suicide in the construction industry

Bruce Morton is a senior loss control consultant at the Milwaukee office of Marsh & McLennan Agency. He can be reached at bruce.morton@marshmma.com.

When an employee at a Milwaukee construction firm took his own life, the trauma struck all parts of the company and was felt keenly for a long time. Whenever suicide takes someone we know, our first thoughts are to the loved ones left behind. But the impact on a workplace can also be very deep, leaving former colleagues wondering if there was any sign we missed, any way we could have helped avert such a terrible occurrence.

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