November 24th, 2015
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
April 10th, 2015
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
December 6th, 2013
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
May 8th, 2013
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?
March 7th, 2013
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
April 12th, 2012
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
December 29th, 2011
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
September 12th, 2011
What would you say if I told you thousands of sharp-toothed creatures with an unquenchable appetite for your blood are making a mass exodus from wooded forests straight to your home? You might tell me to put down the Twilight books or stop watching HBO’s True Blood. You might also suggest that I promptly take the tin foil off of my head. Or… you might recognize that I haven’t completely lost my mind and that my warning does, in fact, have some teeth behind it.
No, we’re not talking about vampires, we’re talking about …continue reading the rest of Beware of the Blood Suckers
August 16th, 2011
A large concert stage collapsed under the pressure of 70mph winds at the Indiana State Fair this past Saturday. Reports have indicated that at least five people have died and dozens more have been injured. According to a TIME Magazine article on the tragic events, AccuWeather had issued a warning of high wind gusts more than 15 minutes before the stage collapsed.
Fifteen minutes almost definitely would have been enough time to clear the concert area of the 12,000+ people waiting for the concert to begin. If organizers did, in fact, receive warnings from the National Weather Service or AccuWeather, they would have been forced to make a difficult decision. They could either …continue reading the rest of 5 Avoidable Deaths at the Indiana State Fair
March 8th, 2011
Ten months ago I bought my first home. In that time I’ve been busy painting, landscaping, and even replacing the home’s original windows. Until last week, I had been feeling pretty good about my first go at this whole home ownership thing.
That is, until I came home from dinner on a Saturday evening and forgot to close the garage door. Temperatures dropped well below freezing that night. Predictably, I woke up to frozen pipes. After about 20 minutes of …continue reading the rest of Lessons Learned From a Burst Water Pipe