We spend all winter looking forward to long, sunny days. Then finally summer arrives, bringing some beautiful weather. But summer also can bring dangerous storms with flooding, tornadoes, and lightning. Last Thursday in Duluth, Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm rolled through in the early morning hours. Winds were clocked at over 80 mph in some parts of the region. …continue reading the rest of Severe Storm Knocks Out Power for Days
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Take a kid to a party with a bounce house and chances are you won’t see them for long. Most kids are thrilled to jump and flip in these inflatables for hours. Bounce houses and other inflatables seem to be at every church picnic and child birthday party, providing endless entertainment for kids and even adults. However, injuries are on the rise and some of these injuries can be life threatening. …continue reading the rest of Bounce Houses: Growing in Popularity and Serious Injuries
A client walks into a community organization with a large dog. The dog doesn’t have a vest or badge identifying it as a service animal and the person is not blind. The organization has a clear sign prohibiting animals on the premises. The person states the dog is their service animal. What should the organization do? …continue reading the rest of Do I Have to Let that Dog in Here?
West Bend’s loss prevention representatives spend a lot of time in the field working with non-profit, youth-focused, and community-based customers. Like most homes and businesses, our customers own a lot of stuff. From extra toys to fitness equipment, it’s hard to find space for everything. Most people might think, “So what? It’s just some clutter…it’s not a big deal.”
But sometimes it is a big deal. …continue reading the rest of Dangerously Cluttered Spaces
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company works with more than 200 Y associations throughout the Midwest. Each year, these Ys submit hundreds of insurance claims to West Bend. This year, we conducted a thorough analysis of each of these claims and held a live online seminar for our customers to discuss the results. To help make other Ys (and similar organizations) safe for …continue reading the rest of Safety at the Y in 2014
Winter is definitely here. Much of Minnesota is still digging out from over two feet of snow and half the country is bracing for crippling ice storms. Every year, at just about this time, the claims department at West Bend sees a drastic increase in the number of reported claims during the winter months. These claims are usually the result of …continue reading the rest of Say “Yes” to a Snow Removal Contractor this Winter
Common sense leads us to the conclusion that a shorter ladder carries less risk of injury than a taller one, and to an extent, this is probably true. Someone can, however, sustain serious injury from even a short fall. A 2011 estimate from the Occupation Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) claims that 35% of fall fatalities [PDF] were from heights of …continue reading the rest of Ask the Experts: At what height do most ladder injuries occur?
How confident are you that you’d be able to escape a multi-story building completely engulfed in flames? Would you be able to make it out of a second- or third-story window if all other exits for blocked? An man in Oregon did just that thanks in large part to access to a fire escape ladder. According to news reports released this morning, the man used an escape ladder like the one in the video below to make his way out of the …continue reading the rest of Oregon Man Escapes Blaze in a Mutli-Story Building
Last week I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Southern Wisconsin YMCA Property Managers Spring Conference. West Bend was fortunate enough to host this year’s event for Y property managers and facility directors from more than a dozen different branches.
Lou Glassman, the Facilities Manager for West Bend, kicked things off by …continue reading the rest of Developing a Preventative Maintenance Program
Nobody is perfect. Over the course of our lives we will all inevitably make a least a few really poor decisions. And most of the time we can get away with these decisions by saying something like, “I just don’t know what I was thinking.”
The men in these 10 ladder safety fails, however, should be given no such luxury. Enjoy… and don’t forget to take a look at The 4 Biggest Mistakes People Make on Ladders. …continue reading the rest of Evolution at Work: 10 Goof Balls on Ladders