Does that Lifeguard Belong on the Pool Deck?

August 15, 2012

Imagine that your pool experiences the worst-case scenario... a drowning. In addition to grieving family members, distraught lifeguards, and a devastated community, you're also be flooded with attention by lawyers and media outlets. In all of this chaos, how much energy do you think you'll be able to dedicate to compiling the paperwork that may make or break the future of

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Why Being Really Good at Emergency Response is a Bad Thing

February 15, 2012

Who is better at their job -- a lifeguard that successfully rescues two swimmers every week, or a lifeguard that has never left their stand?

Or, to put it another way, who would you rather have watching your kids -- a childcare provider that saved four kids last year by successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver, or a childcare provider that didn't

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There is Nothing Wrong with Being Lucky

January 19, 2012

Sometimes it helps to be lucky.

I left to run a quick errand last night in the middle of a wind storm. When I pulled back into my driveway I was shocked to see that a huge tree branch had fallen right where my car would have been parked. In the photo below you can still clearly see where my car

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SportWaiver.com: A Must-Follow Resource for Sports Orgs

August 10, 2011

When visiting with customers, West Bend's loss prevention representatives almost always discuss the importance of using a well-drafted waiver (or exculpatory agreement). These waivers protect businesses from claims arising from negligence, and help reduce litigation expenses, and, in turn, insurance premiums.

While many business owners and nonprofit executives may recognize the benefits of having a strong waiver, the large majority of organizations we visit have exculpatory agreements that would almost definitely

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Who Knows Best: Doctor or Lifeguard?

April 15, 2011

A drowning tragedy that took place in the Bahamas earlier this week is raising questions about the response of the waterpark's lifeguards. We encourage you to read more about the circumstances leading up to the drowning, but in short, an unresponsive five-year-old girl was pulled from the water by a waterpark guest. Another guest, who happened to be a registered nurse, immediately began providing rescue breathing. Shortly thereafter, an emergency room doctor

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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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Lessons Learned From a Burst Water Pipe

March 08, 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

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Risk Management: Are we missing the mark?

September 22, 2010

I just finished reading a very interesting article from the New York Times: Keeping Kids Safe From the Wrong Dangers. Here's an excerpt that I think summarizes the message nicely:

"[T]he five things most likely to cause injury to children up to age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are: car accidents, homicide (usually at the hands of someone they know), child abuse, suicide or drowning. And what are the five things that parents are most worried about (according to surveys by the Mayo Clinic)? Kidnapping, school snipers, terrorists, dangerous strangers and drugs." Lisa Belkin - NYTimes.com

It's a natural, human reaction to fear and prepare for the worst possible scenario, often at the expense of failing to prepare for the most likely scenario. As the author explains, parents choose to drive their kids to school in lieu of having them walk alone, because of the fear their child might be

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