Safety at the Y in 2014

April 10, 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

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Ask the Experts: At what height do most ladder injuries occur?

May 08, 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

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Your Odds of Dying At Work

January 23, 2013

Back in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries [PDF] which tabulates important data on every work-related fatality. NPR's Planet Money published a nice graphic showing some of the country's deadliest occupations. The list includes a lot of the dangerous occupations

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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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