Safety at the Y in 2014

April 10th, 2015 04_count_by_month

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company works with more than 200 Y associations throughout the Midwest. Each and every year these Ys submit hundreds upon hundreds of insurance claims to West Bend. This year, we conducted a thorough analysis of every one of these claims and held a live online seminar for our customers to discuss the results of that analysis. In the hopes of helping make other Ys (and similar organizations) throughout the United States safer places for …continue reading the rest of Safety at the Y in 2014

Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can We Do?

April 10th, 2015 camp_counselor

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Since 1983, this month has been a time for our country to tackle this extremely challenging issue. Community organizations and parents collaborate to develop policies and strategies to strengthen families and keep children safe.

That’s why it’s especially disheartening to see this disturbing news story making headlines. A college student, majoring in education, was arrested and later admitted to …continue reading the rest of Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can We Do?

Are Childcare Providers Required to Enroll Unvaccinated Children?

March 11th, 2015 Measles Outbreak

At this point you’ve likely heard about the measles outbreak sweeping through the country. Originating at Disneyland in Orange County, California, the outbreak has since spread to 17 states and revived a national debate about vaccines. We saw a huge spike in the number of measles cases in …continue reading the rest of Are Childcare Providers Required to Enroll Unvaccinated Children?

Scathing Review of USA Swimming’s Abuse Scandal

November 21st, 2014 USA Swimming Abuse Scandal

A new article in Outside Magazine explores the prevalence of sexual abuse in swim clubs across the country. Author Rachel Sturtz interviewed abuse victims, their families, the lawyers involved in the cases, and abuse experts. The story that emerges is shocking and painful. This piece, while extensive, and at times disturbing to read, is …continue reading the rest of Scathing Review of USA Swimming’s Abuse Scandal

Ebola is Terrifying, but I’m More Worried About the Flu

November 7th, 2014 flu

We’ve all been hearing stories about Ebola lately, especially since the disease has made its way to the United States. Controversies about quarantines and discussions of travel bans have been abundant in the news. While Ebola is a serious and deadly disease, there is an illness even more deadly to Americans, killing more than …continue reading the rest of Ebola is Terrifying, but I’m More Worried About the Flu

Homemade Ice Pack Leads to a Burnt Cornea

September 10th, 2014 Burnt Cornea

A dangerous new cost-saving idea is gaining popularity in homes and businesses across the country. People have begun freezing hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol in plastic bags to create homemade ice packs.

Here at West Bend, we’ve already seen one claim involving an ice pack that ended up opening and getting into a person’s …continue reading the rest of Homemade Ice Pack Leads to a Burnt Cornea

Look Before You Lock!

July 24th, 2014 Heatstroke-infographic-808-x-808-A2

Every summer there are stories from all over the country of young children dying from vehicular hyperthermia after being unintentionally left in cars on warm days. Two tragic stories – one from Texas and the other from Georgia – have been making national news. Both instances highlight how dangerous vehicular hyperthermia can be and why it’s so important to …continue reading the rest of Look Before You Lock!

Say “Yes” to a Snow Removal Contractor this Winter

December 6th, 2013 Snow Plow

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Exposed to MRSA

October 16th, 2013 MRSA

The NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to worry about more than their 0-5 start. So far this season, three Buccaneers players have contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a deadly infection more commonly referred to as MRSA (pronounced mur-sa). MRSA is a skin infection that spreads either after direct contact with an infected …continue reading the rest of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Exposed to MRSA

Ask the Experts: Is the Choking Game Addictive?

July 25th, 2013 choking game

By now, most parents understand the risks of narcotic drugs and some parents have even started taking precautions to ensure their children aren’t abusing over the counter drugs found in their homes. While it is important to appreciate the dangers that exist in these substances and to talk to children and teens about them, it is also important not to lose sight of behaviors that can be just as harmful. The Choking Game, an activity in which teens strangle …continue reading the rest of Ask the Experts: Is the Choking Game Addictive?