To Swerve, or Not to Swerve?

November 22, 2011

A few days ago while my wife and I were driving from Chicago to Madison, we witnessed a frightening situation that more than one million Americans will experience each year… a deer strike. I know that between hunting season, Thanksgiving, and holiday shopping, the roads are extra busy this time of year so it is important to be extra alert for deer. I had also always been under the impression that you need to mainly watch out for deer crossing the road at night, but this past weekend I learned that

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Are You Swimming in a Toilet?

August 31, 2011

E. Coli outbreaks across the country have been compromising the health and well being of swimmers this summer. This dangerous bacteria has been linked to dozens of hospitalizations. Thirteen people were hospitalized after visiting a state park in Pennsylvania. According to an article on FoodSafetyNews.com, "eight of the swimmers had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening

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Video: How To Properly Load a 15 Passenger Van

April 05, 2011

It's no secret; 15 passenger vans can be extremely dangerous. A high center of gravity and poor weight distribution make these vehicles far more likely to rollover, especially when traveling at high speeds.

For these reasons, we actively encourage all of our summer camps, sports clubs, and youth program customers to consider using alternative forms of transportation. With that said, we recognize that replacing an entire fleet of vehicles in this economy can be an

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5 Lessons Learned From an Explosive Car Accident

November 22, 2010

It has been a treacherous month for West Bend employees on Wisconsin roadways. Less than three weeks ago, Jenn Siedler, a senior attorney, witnessed a vehicle rollover involving a mother and two small children.

This past Thursday, I witnessed a high-speed collision between an SUV and

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The Best Winter Safety Tip You May Not Know

September 14, 2010

West Bend's claims adjusters handle an unbelievable number of slip and fall injuries for our customers each winter. And this isn't completley unexpected. Before you say anything... I know what you're thinking.

We're not even half way through September yet! There are still leaves on the trees! Why would I possibly want to think about snow and ice right now!?

The fact is, right now is the perfect time to put one of the best - and least utilized - winter safety tips in to practice. No, we're not asking you to

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Lifeguarding: How Old is Too Old?

August 23, 2010

Last week, a West Bend loss prevention representative was asked by the aquatics director for one of our customers if we had a policy on the maximum age of a lifeguard. This is an excellent question. In short, virtually no organization should have a policy indicating a maximum age limit for any employees. For an in-depth legal analysis we turned to our very own Jenn Seidler.

Jenn is an attorney with West Bend’s specialty lines division. In addition to handling employment practices liability claims, Jenn works on property, liability and crime policy claims.

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